We rise to the challenge of utilizing and developing the economic port in a sustainable manner in line with public interest. This includes climate protection, energy and resource efficiency and avoiding air and water pollution within the technical limits.

Next to supporting external projects and incentive measures, we also do our own homework: acceptance of ships’ waste-water, installing shore-side electricity, using and testing electronic forklift trucks and tractors, eco-electricity, photovoltaics, E-Mobility and energyefficient lighting technology. All terminal facilities and buildings have been purchasing certified eco-power since 2012.

We offer our partners tariff incentives for environmentally-friendly technology in shipbuilding, an intelligent transport management system on the terminal as well as participates in pilot projects about alternative low-emission fuels.

Lettering: Blue sea green port
Aerial view of Kiel
Picture: Tom Körber

Take a deep breath

Is this possible in the port of Kiel? Definitely yes! The result of calculations and orienting air pollution measurements at Kiel's terminal facilities by the responsible State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas Schleswig-Holstein (LLUR) is that all short-term and long-term values of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide are significantly below the threshold values and the immission values for protecting human health.

Shore power system on the Ostseekai

On-Shore Power Facilities

On-shore power supply is a reasonable way to avoid emissions during demurrage, especially for ships in Kiel’s city ports during their berthing times. All city port terminals are equipped with on-shore power connections. The Color Line ferries at the Norwegenkai and the Stena Line at the Schwedenkai can be supplied with green electricity on a daily basis. Appropriately equipped cruise ships can also switch off their diesel engines while they are berthed at the Ostseekai. On-shore power is currently also being planned for the Ostuferhafen.

Cruise ships at Ostseekai

Waste-Water runs Blue

In the Baltic Sea from the year 2021  – new ships from as early as 2019 indeed – all cruise ships must dispose of all their waste-water in port or respectively can only do so on board of the ship when regulatory standards are adhered to. A new solution had to be found. The company Unitechnics proved to be an innovative partner. Together with them PORT OF KIEL carried out extensive tests, identified the best process for treating the sewage of cruise ships and created new standards.

Schwedenkai in the early morning
Picture: Marco Plundrich

Green Energy

For years, the PORT OF KIEL has been dealing with matters like power from renewable resouces, alternative energy generation, lighting technology conversion as well es energy efficiency and an energy management that supports climate protection in order to reduce emissions from port operations and climate-neutral energy consumption.

Intermodal terminal Schwedenkai

Blue Combination

Intermodal transport leads to the significant reduction of emissions due to shifting cargo transhipment from road to rail and sea. Compared to road transport, rail traffic produces a lot less emissions in terms of fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and greenhouse gases. Intermodal transport (rail/ship) has gained more and more importance in the past couple of years.

Emobile at the port area Schwedenkai
Picture: Tom Körber


The PORT OF KIEL is vigilant about the fuel consumption and emission values of its newly purchased cars. Since 2018, ten out of 50 fork lift trucks are operated by electricity. Electrically driven tractors and electric forklifts are also being tested for the RoRo handling of rolling cargo units. We are also currently carrying out a large field test with GTL (Gas to Liquids). The share of E-cars amounts to 15 percent at present.

LNG powered cruise ship
Picture: AIDA Cruises

Fuel Future

Most ships have usually been equipped with diesel motors up to now. These need either marine diesel (MDO) or heavy fuel oil (HFO) when out at sea. In order to reduce emissions, scrubbers and catalysts are being installed. The shipping industry is at a turning point right now. Important trends are LNG, alcohol/diesel PTL, Methane PTG and fuel-cell drive. Also the shipping companies calling at the port of Kiel are working on versatile projects.