- The Enel Group’s global business line and the Neapolitan group’s maritime transport and logistics company sign a memorandum of understanding for decarbonisation in ports
Rome, January 26th, 2022 - Electrification of ports, projects developed using renewable energies such as photovoltaic and wind power, sharing of analyses on cold ironing and development of sustainable business models also based on onboard and onshore storage systems (batteries): these are the aims of the memorandum of understanding signed by Enel X and Grimaldi Euromed, a Grimaldi Group company. The collaboration brings together information, know-how and experience related to the development of cold ironing infrastructure in the country’s most important ports, which is being funded under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan.
“The collaboration with Grimaldi,” said Augusto Raggi, Head of Enel X Italy, “will give a further boost to the process of decarbonisation and electrification of ports. With this agreement we are aiming to embark on a virtuous path in a strategic sector for the country, and the preparation of joint studies, preparatory to designing business models that are above all sustainable, are consistent with Enel X’s mission and its constant commitment to electrification and energy efficiency, including in the maritime and port spheres.”
“The agreement signed with Enel X will allow the Grimaldi Group to consolidate the path of decarbonisation for its ships during their stops in port, which it has already been undertaking for some time,” affirmed Emanuele Grimaldi, CEO of the Grimaldi Group. “The Grimaldi Group, which has always been committed to the continuous reduction of emissions from its ships, is in fact a pioneer in ‘Zero Emissions in Port’, having already installed huge batteries on board several of its ships that allow them not to emit any harmful substances into the atmosphere during their stay in port. The collaboration with Enel X will make it possible to extend this possibility to ships not equipped with batteries, thus enabling the Grimaldi fleet to confirm its leadership in the sector.”
Enel X and Grimaldi will carry out joint analyses involving both ships and terminals, focusing on distributed generation and electricity storage both on board ship and in shore facilities. These also include energy efficiency and the reduction of emissions in maritime and port areas, cold ironing solutions for the power supply of ships on the quayside, and the management and optimisation of energy exchanges both inside and outside the infrastructures.
Enel X Global Retail is the Enel group’s global business line that offers services to accelerate innovation and drive the energy transition. World leader in the sector of advanced energy solutions, Enel X Global Retail manages services such as demand response for approximately 7.7 GW of total capacity globally and 195 MW of storage capacity installed worldwide. Through its advanced solutions, including energy management and financial services, Enel X Global Retail provides each partner with an intuitive and personalised ecosystem of technological platforms and consulting services, focused on the principles of sustainability and the circular economy in order to provide people, communities, institutions and companies with an alternative model that respects the environment and integrates technological innovation into daily life. Each solution has the power to transform the goals of decarbonisation, electrification and digitalisation into sustainable actions for all, in order to build a more sustainable and efficient world together.
The Grimaldi Group has its head office in Naples, controls a fleet of more than 140 ships and employs around 15,000 people. Owned by the Grimaldi family, the Group is a multinational logistics company specialising in the operations of roll-on/roll-off ships, car carriers and ferries. It is made up of seven shipping companies, namely: Grimaldi Deep Sea, operating in the transport of rolling stock and containers on the Atlantic routes and between the Mediterranean and West Africa; Grimaldi Euromed, specialising in the transport of rolling stock in Europe and the Motorways of the Sea and in passenger transport in the Mediterranean with the Grimaldi Lines brand; Atlantic Container Line, which operates container and rolling stock links between North America and Northern Europe; Malta Motorways of the Sea, a shipowning company; Minoan Lines, which operates Greek cabotage services for freight and passengers; Finnlines, operating in freight and passenger transport in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea; Trasmed GLE, active in the transport of goods and passengers between mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands. The maritime links are at the heart of a much more advanced logistics chain, which also includes numerous port terminals and road transport companies.