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Mitigation and moving towards low carbon waterborne transport infrastructure

All sectors must play their part in climate change mitigation. The waterborne transport infrastructure sector is no exception.

Port and waterway infrastructure and operations typically account for only a very small proportion of the total greenhouse gas emissions associated with the shipment of a particular consignment. The most significant proportion by far is associated with the sea voyage, and a varying amount with connecting transport.

It is nonetheless important that the owners, operators and users of waterborne transport infrastructure take steps to minimise the emissions associated with their activities if they are to contribute to the ‘less-than-2-degrees’ pathway.

The associations represented on the Think Climate Coalition recognise the importance – and the urgency – of implementing effective mitigation measures and of moving towards low carbon infrastructure.

Coalition members further acknowledge the need for innovation alongside conventional emissions-reduction measures: for example initiatives aimed at improving integration to increase energy efficiency or at creating carbon sinks in coastal areas by Working with Nature.

As with other sectors, such innovation has the potential to bring associated social, employment and economic opportunities.

To coincide with COP24 in Katowice, the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) has published its 2018 update entitled 'Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) Transport Initiatives: Stock-take on action toward implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030…
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Notwithstanding that there are many innovative and often ambitious existing initiatives, OECD-ITF report that the transport sector as a whole needs to do much more to reduce CO2 emissions if the Paris goals are to be met.  Find out more…
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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 22:49

On Course Towards Carbon-Neutral Shipping?

On Course Towards Carbon-Neutral Shipping? A new policy brief from OECD-ITF sets out some insights into how the IMO's CO2 emissions targets for international shipping might be met ... https://www.itf-oecd.org/carbon-neutral-shipping
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The International Maritime Organization has released a new set of free-of-charge toolkits to assess and address emissions from ships and ports which have been developed under the GEF-UNDP-IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project with its strategic partners. Details…
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 22:13

New IPCC special report - a wake up call!

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contains some stark messages.  It is no longer considered that limiting warming to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels is the ‘safe’ maximum – rather warming must be limited to…
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Friday, 14 September 2018 16:06

Airbus orders automated kite for ro-ro vessel

The Marine Professional has published an article discussing a maritime technology startup's plans to tow one of their vessels with an automated kite. Vessel operators can launch and recover the kite – which unfolds, operates and refolds autonomously – using…
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Great to see climate change issues figuring prominently on the programme of the World Canals Conference being held in Ireland next week (10th - 12th September in Athlone).  The first keynote, by Catherine Sheridan, is on Building Resilience: Climate, Risk, and…
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An article has been published in The Marine Professional discussing a study conducted by the consultancy UMAS for the NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) on the future of LNG assets.  The full article can be found here. 
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An interesting session at the recent International Transport Forum summit 'Decarbonising Transport: Towards a catalogue of effective measures'.  More information, including a recording of the session, available at https://2018.itf-oecd.org/decarbonising-transport   
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Really important report published by OECD International Transport Forum on role of ports in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.  See https://www.itf-oecd.org/reducing-shipping-ghg-emissions Essential reading for #NavClimate and everyone involved in https://sustainableworldports.org/about/ 
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