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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.

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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Calculating and reporting leads to a decrease in greenhouse gas (GHG) emitted per container despite an increase in total containers handled. VRTO makes an excellent case for business to calculate and report their logistics emissions. After investing in new electrically-powered…
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The World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) is an initiative of IAPH as coordinator working with four founding partners: PIANC, AIVP, American Association of Port Authorities and ESPO.  IADC and ICHCA are amongst several other signatories to the Charter. There are…
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A March 2018 report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) confirms the importance of increasing the adaptability of Europe’s infrastructure and social systems to a changing climate.  See https://easac.eu/fileadmin/PDF_s/reports_statements/Extreme_Weather/EASAC_Statement_Extreme_Weather_Events_March_2018_FINAL.pdf 
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Several publications this week report on studies indicating that rates of sea level rise may be accelerating.  For example see https://maritimecyprus.com/2018/02/20/nasa-new-study-finds-sea-level-rise-accelerating/ 
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Two-day sustainability congress on 22 and 23 March 2018 to be organised under the aegis of IAPH (International Association of Ports and Harbors), together with AAPA (American Association of Port Authorities), ESPO (European Sea Ports Organisation), AIVP (International Association of…
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On 1st December FEPORT published revised guidelines for container terminal operators providing advice and instruction on the elements to be included and excluded in reporting greenhouse gas emissions as part of terminal-level carbon footprinting and analyses.  The EEEG guidelines, first…
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Public consultation on the draft Air Quality Strategy The draft Air Quality Strategy was published for consultation in early December 2017. The consultation will close on 23 January 2018.  For full details click here
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Monday, 13 November 2017 11:52

NavClimate news from COP23 Transport Day

Some headline comments from @COP23 Transport Thematic Day on Saturday 11th November ... OECD International Transport Forum emphasised the importance of providing evidence and supporting information to enable countries to optimise their transport policies, but cautioned that transport climate policy…
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Very interesting article in The New York Times, illustrating exactly how much there is to do in terms of decarbonisation - or how much there will be to do in terms of adaptation! See https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/06/climate/world-emissions-goals-far-off-course.html 
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