Assessing the role of green technologies in reducing environmental footprint of ports
Purpose: The issue of port sustainability has become an increasingly prominent topic of concern for governments, international agencies, and business sectors worldwide. Ensuring that port development does not compromise the integrity of the environment and instead fosters sustainable growth is of paramount importance. Recently green technologies conceders as important tool that support port sustainability and development.
Design/Methodology/Approach: This study examines the deployment and influence of green technologies on port sustainability, using a quantitative analysis of survey responses collected among a varied array of stakeholders across Egyptian ports, survey questions verify green technology application, evaluate environmental consequences, operational costs, competitiveness, and obstacles, enhancing quantitative analysis with qualitative research insights; coupled with a detailed qualitative case study of the Port of Rotterdam, a port internationally known for its effective use of green technologies. The analysis underscores the transformative capacity of green technologies in attaining notable environmental improvements and enduring cost efficiencies, notwithstanding the challenges associated with initial investment hurdles.
Findings: Drawing insights from the experiences of the Port of Rotterdam, the study brings to light the obstacles of intricate regulations and technological constraints, accentuating the need for simplified policy measures, consistent innovation, and an accommodating infrastructure. The study encourages a comprehensive strategy, dynamic stakeholder cooperation, and stringent scrutiny for the effective integration of eco-friendly technologies, offering valuable perspectives that can steer Egyptian ports and the broader maritime sector towards an ecologically sustainable future.
Received: 30 June 2023
Accepted:09 August 2023
Published: 05 September 2023
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