ZEPA membership increases to 11

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During TOC Europe in Rotterdam, the Zero Emission Port Alliance (ZEPA) announced new members from the container port industry.

During TOC Europe, held last week in Rotterdam, the Zero Emission Port Alliance (ZEPA) announced the onboarding of 11 organizations from the container port industry. Among the ZEPA members now are APM Terminals, CATL, DP World, Kempower, Patrick Terminals, Port of Aarhus, Port of Rotterdam, Rocsys, Sany, SSA Marine, and ZPMC.

ZEPA was set up by APM Terminals and DP World to accelerate port decarbonisation by making battery-electric container handling equipment (BE-CHE) “affordable, accessible and attractive this decade through collective action, as a catalyst to zero-emission ports.”

ZEPA estimates there are 52,000 terminal tractors, 7,500 straddle carriers and 9,300 reach stackers in operation around the globe today.

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The alliance is open to all industry partners and is run by an independent 3rd party Secretariat.

In the past months, ZEPA has conducted working sessions and initial analyses and held its first formal Steering Committee during TOC Europe on June 11th.

During the meeting, ZEPA members highlighted their membership as a key priority in their efforts to reduce emissions and to bring forward the Total Cost of Ownership parity of battery electric equipment with diesel. Key industry leaders voiced their support and emphasised that change comes faster with cross-value chain collaboration. The alliance is designed and implemented in full compliance with all applicable anti-trust and competition laws, monitored by external legal counsel.

Representatives of ZEPA members were actively involved in several panels at TOC Europe, where the alliance’s mission and progress were discussed, further emphasizing the urgency and collective effort required to reduce emissions.

ZEPA has kicked off work in three (of the four) workstreams:

Projected Aggregated Demand: Measure and report projected aggregated global demand for BE-CHE, to incentivise OEMs to scale up production and shorten their lead times.

Voluntary Design Standards: Develop voluntary and accessible design standards for untethered BE-CHE, to achieve economies of scale and simplify implementation through equipment interoperability and compatibility. This includes harmonising operational requirements and identifying potential for charging strategy harmonisation and component standardisation. Any design standards will be voluntary, public and accessible, without enforcement. The deliverables do not prevent stakeholders from going beyond the standards in terms of BE-CHE performance. ZEPA actively seeks industry and public sector input in the process.

Power Infrastructure Rollout: Develop an electrification toolkit, including best practices and a technical checklist for port authorities and terminal operators to prepare for and implement the power infrastructure required for BE-CHE, shore power and other cargo segments at ports.

Sahar Rashidbeigi, Global Head of Decarbonisation, APM Terminals, stated: “Reflecting on our journey, it is incredible to see how far we have come since defining the problem at last year’s TOC Europe conference. From the ‘tipping point’ White Paper nine months ago to launching ZEPA with DP World in December during COP28, and now onboarding 11 key members across the value chain, our progress highlights that we are addressing a valuable problem that resonates across the industry, and it affirms our conviction that collaboration is essential to tackle it effectively.”

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