ETA organised its Conference Data Driven Sustainability on the 10th of March in Brussels. The event was dedicated to identifying what data is currently in existence and being collected by towage companies. The discussions, ably moderated by Simon Tatham, TugAdvise, focused on how the specific companies embrace sustainability within their operations, implementing measures that can help them improving their energy efficiency, and moreover, on the relevance of the data they collect to define their best practices. 

Tim Christiaens and Dirk Degroote presented the different strategies the Port of Antwerp is implementing with the assistance of Cognauship in order to reduce the port´s CO2 footprint. These strategies involve the renewal of the fleet but also the collection and study of data that can help workers and crews in the reduction of emissions and fuel saving through more efficient port operations.

Gareth Prowse described the ways Svitzer is collecting data on emissions and fuel consumption and how the company is using these in order to set goals, improve the energy efficiency of its operations and limit its carbon footprint.   

Patrick Everts outlined the different strategies Kotug International has developed in order to collect data in an automated manner and how it uses this information in order to optimize the company´s operations, both economically and in terms of emissions and thus, strengthen Kotug International´s commercial position. .

Mijndert Wiesenekker presented the sustainability roadmap that Damen has been implementing during the last years to reduce the company´s CO2 emissions, greening its business operations and improving the sustainability of its tug designs. 

Friederike Dahlke-Wallat explained the approach to data collection of the Inland Waterways sector, as this industry has already developed and implemented a series of projects on this field that are helping the sector to reach the goals set in the 2018 Mannheim Declaration.

The event was closed with a questions and answers session with Annika Kroon, Maritime Transport & Logistics Head of Unit at DG Move. Ms Kroon described the different measures included in the Fit for 55 package, the impact they would have on the maritime sector and answered the many questions posed by the audience.  

The ETA Secretariat thanks all participants and speakers for a very interesting debate on the sector´s efforts to collect data on its CO2 footprint. We are looking forward to meeting our members again in our next Annual Meeting in Tenerife, from the 7th to the 9th of September.

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