An Exhibition Congress organized by VTP Events as an important date for stimulating debate among companies, researchers, academics and technical experts on new technologies and solutions for using ports and harbours to produce renewable energy.

What energy sources of low environmental impact can be used in ports? And how can we efficiently and sustainably use them? These are the focal points of “Energy for Green Ports”, the new exhibition‐congress taking place in Venice (Italy) on the 4th and 5th of February 2010 in the Conference Centre and the exhibition area of the Cruise Terminal of Venice.

Organized by VTP Events, a company owned by Venezia Terminal Passeggeri S.p.A. (which has been managing the passenger terminal since 1997), this event provides a significant meeting opportunity for companies, researchers, sector operators, academics and technicians who want to find out more about the new technologies and solutions available to produce renewable energy in port areas.

It is a highly topical subject as ports occupy large surface areas. Also, in light of the new European, national and regional rules, these areas can be exploited for building innovative energy systems as resources which supply power to not only the port areas and their related transport means (electric wharfs used to power vessels moored with their engines off, allowing sizeable reductions in emissions and noise pollution), but also the vicinity, as is already happening in some pilot projects.

“Energy for Green Ports” is divided into two sections:

A conference programme with an international panel of speakers who will be updating participants on the latest topical environmental issues. The programme includes sessions on: “Planning energy supplies and consumption”, “Costs and Benefits of mature alternative energy sources”, “New technologies in renewable energy and their uses”, “Roll‐out Strategies for the Green Ports” and “Setting up a panel for a national Green Ports programme”.

An exhibition hall devoted to technological innovations in renewable energy, with an area concentrating on “green” technologies (solar‐thermal, photovoltaic, wind, hydrogen, biomasses and biogas), and one on low‐consumption building construction solutions, microgeneration and teleheating. There will also be a review of ideas dedicated to the world’s new ports with a view to matching environmental awareness with energy recycling and saving.

The event has the patronage of Venice’s Port Authority, the Veneto Region, Assiterminal (Italian Port Terminals Association), Medcruise (The Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports), Confitarma (Italian Ship owners Confederation), Assomarinas (Italian Tourist Ports Association) and Assonautica (Italian Yachting Association).