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East China's Ningbo Port promotes sea-rail intermodal green transport




East China's Ningbo Port promotes sea-rail intermodal green transport

2024-05-19 20:59 Last Updated At:21:57

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠China's busiest port, the Port of Ningbo Zhoushan in the eastern province of Zhejiang, has made significant progress in adopting modes of green transportation, after the port introduced sea-rail intermodal transport and cutting-edge logistics solutions, in keeping with the Chinese government's carbon reduction efforts.

The port introduced the mode of sea-rail intermodal transport in 2004. Since then, the sea-rail intermodal transport business has seen exponential growth, increasing nearly a thousand-fold. It has cut fuel consumption by 500 million liters, saving carbon emissions costs by nearly 100 million yuan (13.8 million U.S. dollars) for clients.

"Now, with the adoption of the electric energy model of railway for transportation, we can achieve zero carbon emissions," said Zhu Shiliang, an assistant environment energy specialist at  Ningbo BeiLun No.1 Container Terminal Co. Ltd.

The port introduced the one-waybill shipping service in 2018 to streamline services. This approach simplifies the documentation process for customers and eliminates the complexities of intermediate document exchanges.

"The one-waybill service refers to shipping houses issuing a Through Bill of Lading at the point of origin. It avoids the cumbersome process of document exchange in the shipping process," said Zhang Zhoulong, deputy director of the sea-rail intermodal center of the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port.

Last year, Southeast Logistics Group leveraged sea-rail intermodal transport at Ningbo-Zhoushan Port to export 200,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of products, valued at 51.3 billion yuan (about 7.10 billion U.S. dollars).

Li Jie, deputy general manager of Southeast Logistics Group, witnessed the growing popularity of this efficient and cost-effective transportation mode.

"Now, we handle about 2,000 to 2,500 high cube containers for sea-rail intermodal transport every week, accounting for 25 percent of the whole group's business. More and more customers are willing to choose this convenient, economical, and efficient way of transportation.," Li said.

The port's business is also fueled by a logistics cloud platform that integrates information on sea ports, land ports, airports. The platform provides shippers with a comprehensive solution for streamlined logistics operations, through which shippers can order and book a container, make declarations at the customs, and achieve multimodal transport. Shippers can also monitor shipment information on the platform.

"Right now, the northern parts of Zhejiang have been fully covered by our platform. This results in over 90-percent of road transport shifting to the sea-river and sea-rail intermodal transport. The overall proportion of the sea-river and sea-rail intermodal transport exceeds 60 percent," said Yu Bo, technical director of Zhejiang Four Port Linkage Development Co., Ltd.

The port's success in green transition reflects China's broader commitment to optimizing transportation structures.

The country has also started the construction of 25 national comprehensive freight hub cities, aiming at enhancing supply chain efficiency and promoting multimodal transportation.   "At present, an intensive and efficient comprehensive transportation system has been initially established. In 2023, the freight volume by rail and by water surged 35.8 percent and 40.7 percent respectively compared with that in 2017, and the green transport of coal and iron ore at major coastal ports surpassed 90 percent and 78 percent respectively. More than 10 million TEUs of cargo were moved via rail-water intermodal transportation, up 15.9 percent year on year," said Fang Hai, deputy director of China Academy of Transportation Science.

In September 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that the country aims to hit peak carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

East China's Ningbo Port promotes sea-rail intermodal green transport

East China's Ningbo Port promotes sea-rail intermodal green transport

China continues to optimize the energy consumption structure, and promote green and low-carbon development to a new height, said a senior official in Beijing on Thursday.

Since the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress in 2012, China has made a new leap in the level of energy security and stable supply, while continuously optimizing the energy consumption structure, said Zhang Jianhua, director of the National Energy Administration.

From 2013 to 2023, the total production of primary energy rose 35 percent. The installed wind power generation capacity increased by nearly five times, and the installed photovoltaic power generation capacity increased by over 30 times, said Zhang.

The official also said that China has established the world's largest charging infrastructure system. Over the course of 10 years, the proportion of coal consumption has dropped by 12.1 percentage points, while the proportion of consumption in non-fossil fuel sources such as wind power, solar power, hydropower, and nuclear power has increased by 7.7 percentage points. As a result, the "green content" of economic development has significantly improved.

So far, China is one of the world's advanced countries in terms of energy technology modernization.

In the future, the country will coordinate energy security and low-carbon transformation, reduce the consumption of fossil fuel energy, and continuously promote the transformation and upgrading of energy utilization.

Meanwhile, China is intensifying its efforts in the development of non-fossil energy, while coordinating the advancement of nuclear power, hydropower, and new energy development and utilization, aiming to promote high-quality development of energy.

"By 2025, approximately 12 million charging facilities will be established nationwide. Efforts will be made to increase the electrification level of end-use energy to around 30 percent by 2025. We will continue to expand the scale of green electricity consumption and increase the proportion of non-fossil energy consumption by one percentage point every year," said Zhang.

China continues to optimize energy consumption structure, promote green, low-carbon development

China continues to optimize energy consumption structure, promote green, low-carbon development

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