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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.

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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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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A new publication by the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency provides useful, and potentially worrying, food for thought for the waterborne transport sector.  The 'Geography of Future Water Challenges' explains and illustrates the global implications of climate change for water-related disasters…
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The European Joint Research Centre has published two studies that identify an unprecedented coastal flood risk unless timely climate change adaptation measures are taken.  The studies highlight that without such measures: - average annual coastal flood damage in Europe could increase…
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