The Environmental Monitoring System, developed and installed by Connect2SmallPorts project, starts its testing phase on feasibility in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

In line with the pilot development, Klaipeda port as direct project partner developed a digital system to track and trace environmental impact of port operations. Due to the location of the port, being close neighbor to the old town of the city as well as to the national park Curonian split, a high demand on reducing environmental impact in the area was identified. Therefore, a digital system was developed based on several stationary sensors between port and city area. Those sensors are able to measure occurring fine dust and deliver real-time data to a digital platform. Hence, it is possible to track certain environmental data and connect it to particular port operations. The platform itself was already incorporated to the running Port Management System as an additional layer. Moreover, the city council has access to the yielded data as well enabling high transparency and collaboration between port and city governance.

The Environmental Monitoring System is currently in a testing phase. Afterwards, adjustments on the system will be implemented – e.g. reallocation of the sensors – to increase its efficiency and benefits for the city of Klaipeda.