A green port
More traffic and less pollution
Transiting through the port of Venice to reach other European destinations means less global CO2 emissions.
Although this statement might appear paradoxical at a first glance, it is true that if part of the cargo currently reaching Central Europe through Northern European ports transited through Venice, there would be a remarkable reduction of dangerous emissions.
Each container heading for Munich and unloaded in Venice rather than a Northern European port can save up to 97 kg of CO2.
Port development and environmental protection go hand in hand
Environmental sustainability is one of the Venice Port Authority's main objectives, encouraging it to sponsor projects to cut the environmental impact of port operations on the city and the lagoon.
This is particularly important for conserving the natural balance of this delicate city and its unique lagoon environment.
Water, air, soil, energy and city
Activities undertaken under the “Green Port” initiative focus of four main areas: air, water, soil and energy.
Air: in addition to air quality monitoring and assessment, the port has started up a number of projects aimed at cutting dangerous emissions and promoting the use of alternative energy.
Water: the port's quaysides have been designed to avoid any contamination seeping from the land into the lagoon or the water table. In the Marittima rainwater is collected and filtered before flowing into the main pipes.
Land: soil remediation activities are ongoing in the part of Porto Marghera directly managed by the Port Authority. As a result, the industrial land will be reclassified as port land.
Many of these projects regard the city of Venice, such as the studies of noise pollution and wave motion caused by large ships as they transit. The results prove that the delicate buildings and embankments of Venice are not at peril.