[28 March 2012, Shenzhen] Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) today held the kick-off ceremony for its second Environment Week in which it showcased new solar panel installations and signed an LNG agreement, both aimed at increasing the use of clean energy at the port.
At the ceremony, YICT signed an agreement with Beijing Xingkai Yuan New Energy Technology Co., Ltd for use of the new solar panels. These solar panels are lighter in weight and more flexible than traditional panels. Using the latest technology, they also have a 20 per cent higher energy conversion efficiency. YICT is the first port operator in mainland China to install these latest generation solar panels and plans to install more over the course of the year. By the end of this year, YICT plans to install solar panels on the rooftops of its terminal buildings covering 60,000 square metres.
The ceremony also featured the signing of an agreement between YICT and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), the largest offshore oil and gas producer in China. Under the agreement, CNOOC will supply Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to the terminal for its fleet of more than 200 LNG-powered tractors.
YICT has launched a number of green initiatives over the past few years, including the use of electric and hybrid rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGC) in order to reduce its carbon footprint.
HAI Chi Yuet, Managing Director of YICT, noted that YICT is committed to green development by taking a proactive approach to reducing exhaust emissions and energy consumption. YICT also protects the marine environment in which it operates.
XIE Man Ying, Deputy Director General of Department of Water Transport, Ministry of Transport of China, together with other relevant government officials, and visitors from shipping lines and the Port of Hamburg, attended the ceremony.