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Onshore Power Supply (OPS)


The Toulon Provence Méditerranée (TPM) Metropolitan Authority, with the support of the Southern Region, French Government and Europe, is improving air quality by installing in the Toulon Côte d’Azur Passenger Terminal infrastructures supporting Onshore Power Supply (OPS), allowing engines to be shut down during stopovers. Thanks to an innovative energy mix combining the electricity and photovoltaic grid, the aim of these installations is to cut quay emissions by 80%. Corsica Ferries will equip 4 ships in 2023, with around 300 connected stopovers during that year. As managing operator of the terminal, the Var CCI will oversee the supply of energy, operation and maintenance. The quays will be equipped with fixed jib cranes (2.5 MW each) for ferries and a mobile jib crane (10 MW) for cruise ships.  The Var CCI will be the interface between the initiators of the project and the economic sector, in particular our strategic partner Corsica Ferries.









Development of the hydrogen sector in the region


The Var CCI is committed to a port strategy conducive to innovation and applications linked to green hydrogen, epitomised by its ambition to become the first H2-ready port in the Mediterranean. This is how they want to support and encourage the deployment of hydrogen solutions and applications within their facilities, and promote its uses by deploying in particular a hydrogen ecosystem for services and mobility on land, at sea and in the port. The long-term goal of Var CCI is to welcome hydrogen-sourced solutions to its ports for all types of vessels visiting its facilities: full hydrogen propulsion ranging from small pleasure craft, passenger shuttles and service boats to alternative low-emission hydrogen-sourced fuels for ferries, cargo boats and other cruise ships.

This is one way of extending and expanding the initiatives arising from the “Zero-Smoke Stopover” programme launched by the Southern Region, to all vessels visiting its facilities and of shifting from a path towards “zero smoke” to a path towards “zero emissions”.

Some examples of projects : 



HYNOMED is a company created in 2020. It is a public/private partnership including Engie Solution, Var CCI and the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignation financial institution. The company is in the process of setting up a green H2 distribution station (400 kg/day) at the Brégaillon Freight Terminal in Seyne-sur-Mer, which will be used to supply ships, buses and trucks.

This model can be duplicated on site (option of increasing to 800 kg/day) and across the whole region.


The aim of this project supported by Var CCI is to install a mobile hydrogen generator to supply electricity to ships moored alongside the quay. Installation and the first tests are planned at the Brégaillon Freight Terminal and Môle d'Armement cruise terminal in La Seyne-sur-Mer by the end of 2024. The port of Toulon is the first port in France to set up this connection facility for ships. The STANDBHY project is part of the HYNOVAR programme aimed at deploying hydrogen solutions across the Var region.

RENEWPORT will support the clean energy transition of MED ports, turning them from emitters of pollutants and greenhouse gases to clean energy hubs by exploiting the untapped potential of renewable energy sources.


Find out more about the project here




The Clean Harbours initiative at commercial passenger terminals (GREEN BAY)



With the aim of making a positive impact on the environment, the Var Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) is taking the initiative to create and implement a new European environmental standard specifically aimed at commercial ports with passenger terminals. The criteria established will be largely based on existing standards from the “Clean Harbours” and “Active Harbours in Biodiversity” initiatives, which are already applied in marinas.  This standard will be amended in close collaboration with various ports and agencies, such as the Southern Region, Afnor, Ifremer, as well as UPACA and the Mediterranean ports. The areas of work envisaged will involve raising awareness, preserving biodiversity, waste management, prevention of accidental pollution, the sustainable use of water and energy resources , the reduction in air pollution and management of noise pollution.



Interreg Marittimo programme / IT-FR


TRIPLO PLUS responds to the challenge of noise management by focusing on the intermediate areas between ports and the logistics platforms which connect them. These densely inhabited areas are subject to the risk of noise pollution.

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Rose Barthomeuf



Chargée de Mission Hydrogène
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