The Panama Canal has launched its process of decarbonizing its operations, with the aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
While the Panama Canal contributed to a reduction of more than 13 million tons of CO2 equivalent emissions in 2020 by offering a shorter route for ships in comparison to the most likely alternative routes, the waterway recognizes the importance of making its own operation carbon neutral by the end of the decade.
To kick off the transition, the waterway purchased four electric vehicles as part of a pilot program that will collect data to inform the migration of the canal’s entire fleet away from fossil fuel dependence. Part of its strategic decarbonization plan also includes tugboats and launches that use alternative fuels, the substitution of electricity production processes in favor of photovoltaic plants, the use of hydraulic energy, and ensuring that all facilities and infrastructure projects are environmentally responsible and sustainable.
Source: Panama Canal