The world’s first zero emission port

Kildn, The world’s first zero emission port is intended to be built in Askøy, outside Bergen. The port is estimated to be completed by 2026. The main goal is for the port to be self-sufficient with renewable energy, and create hundreds of new, green jobs.

The project is developed by SAMS partner – COWI Norge, commissioned by Tertnes Holding AS and Rexir Holding AS. Autonomous mobility solutions together with green energy are used as part of a sustainable future-oriented port.

The port project was launched on Tuesday, May 19 from the Grieghallen in Bergen. Read more about the project here.


The intention is to build the world’s first zero-emission port for international, national and local traffic in Eidsvika on Askøy, outside Bergen. The port will be the first of its kind and will serve as a turning port for cruise ships, as well as a home port for fjord tourism and for the regional blue city lane. Now we are looking forward to good discussions about how the vision can become a reality, says Filip Rygg, CEO of Rexir Holding.


The vision is a direct response to the zero emission ports, the national and international political leaders demand. COWI has drawn up proposals for a new compact and smart port, where the foundation for mobility in the region has been focusing at sea. The vision shows innovative solutions, concepts and principles that have not been adopted before, says Håkon Iversen, Head of Marketing and Development at COWI – who has also been project manager on the assignment.

The task has consisted of visualizing, conceptualizing and realizing the customer’s vision of a new turning port for cruise ships and the home port for Hurtigruta in Western Norway. This has resulted in a vision study in which the overall perspectives establish a new future for a new port.

The port can be an important part of an extensive urban development in the area, with both underwater restaurants, hotel and conference activities, research and other activities related to the energy and destination sectors. The harbor can also become a destination in itself. Rexir Holding believes in major impacts on the entire region, with new jobs in Askøy and the rest of the region.

COWI has developed the vision study for Tertnes Holding and the real estate company Rexir will further develop the project. The government aims to establish emission-free ports by 2030 in its action plan for green shipping.


  • Total area of ground-floor quay foundation of 95,000m2 and public spaces of 55,000m2.
  • Capacity to receive close to 20,000 cruise tourists daily.
  • Produces, stores and distributes own energy using solar cell, battery storage technology and thermal energy extracted from 100 meters of sea depth.
  • The energy solutions will provide enough power using on land, and charging opportunities for sea transport.
  • Hotels, cafes, restaurants and service functions related to shipping and energy sector will be established at the port.
  • The initiator of the project is Tertnes Holding AS, and the property will be further developed by the real estate company Rexir Holding.
  • COWI has developed the vision study Kildn.
  • The project is financed through a partnership model between the actors.
  • EY is working on developing different business models for the project.