Sonowal Launches Haritsagar Guidelines For Reducing Carbon Emissions In Ports Sector
To attain its goal of having no carbon emissions, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways has introduced the “Harit Sagar” Green Port Guidelines 2023.
To attain its goal of having no carbon emissions, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways has introduced the “Harit Sagar” Green Port Guidelines 2023. In front of several senior ministry officials, the guidelines were introduced in New Delhi by Union Minister for Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal.
The rules are designed to be in keeping with the idea of “Working with Nature,” reduce the negative effects on the biotic elements of harbour ecosystems, and encourage the use of clean, environmentally friendly energy in port operations.
The ‘Harit Sagar’ Guidelines 2023 offer a thorough framework for the main ports to develop a thorough action plan with the goal of attaining verifiable reductions in carbon emissions over specified periods.
The recommendations centre on the utilisation of cleaner fuels such green hydrogen, green ammonia, and green methanol/ethanol as well as the improvement of port infrastructure for the processing, storage, and bunkering of these fuels. Additionally, they support monitoring based on environmental performance indicators and follow worldwide Green Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards. They also aim to reduce waste through reduction, reuse, repurpose, and recycle.
At the occasion, Union Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal emphasised the ports’ green initiatives and how they helped them accomplish the “Panchamrit” objectives that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had made.
The guidelines give major ports the authority to create a thorough action plan for achieving targeted results, such as a quantified decrease in carbon emissions over specified timeframes, through targeted implementation and close monitoring of green initiatives, and to achieve Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDG).