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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.

UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, has created a new website 'SIDSport-ClimateAdapt' (https://sidsport-climateadapt.unctad.org/).  This website is dedicated to the issue of climate change impacts and adaptation for critical coastal transport infrastructure, such as seaports and airports, in…
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A new report from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research suggests that climate models are underestimating the full severity of extreme weather events, but that water cycle impacts (such as river water levels) are among the more reliably projected…
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Speaking at the High Level Conference on Climate Change and Oceans Preservation in Belgium, the IMO Secretary-General has urged vessel owners, port operators, governments and all those involved in the maritime transport sector to take urgent action to achieve the ambitions…
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Santos Pilots Greener

Santos Pilots operates in the largest port in Latin America, at  the Port of Santos, in Brazil. The company carried out the environmental monitoring of its activities through VGP-Environmental Management, a program developed by Via Green Institute, which manages five…
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The recently published World Economic Forum's Global Risk Report 2019, which based on the views of 1,000 decision-makers from the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society, identifies extreme weather and climate-change policy failures as the gravest perceived threats,…
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A welcome announcement from the cruise ship sector, committing to a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030.  Read more at https://www.mem-online.com/news/article/cruise-sector-commits-to-40-co2-reduction-target-for-2030.html    
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Both inhabitants and industry in the UK's Orkney Islands depend on ferries for supplies, transport and communication: ferries are truly a lifeline for these communities.  So the proposed use of hydrogen could help to reduce emissions whilst maintaining this vital…
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At COP24 in Poland, UNCTAD ran a joint side event with the IMO, amongst other things highlighting the urgent need for ports to adapt to the effects of the changing climate if trade disruption is to be reduced.  Find out…
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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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