At the Port of Tallinn, the biggest port on the shores of the Baltic Sea, we had the opportunity to hear about some of the sustainability practices that the Port has implemented to reduce the its carbon footprint. Port of Tallinn operates as a landlord type of port with no cargo handling operations of its own. It maintains and develops the infrastructure of the port and leases territories to terminal operators.
Before our arrival, a team of students was tasked with researching and understanding the measurement and reduction of carbon footprints among other large Scandinavian ports, including the Ports of Rotterdam, Oslo, Gothenburg and Stockholm. The team presented its findings as we had an open discussion about the Port of Tallinn’s strategic outlook as it works to reduce Scope 3 emissions. This means influencing both its customers and the community in which it is located to move towards more sustainable practices in terms of areas such as cargo, real estate development, shipping and cruise ship travel.