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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.

Thursday, 22 December 2016 12:30

ICS opposes EU emissions trading

This article in The Marine Professional magazine sets out the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) position on the EU decision to incorporate international shipping into its regional emissions trading system (ETS) via an emissions cap.  ICS is concerned that this will…
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The PIANC-led Think Climate coalition is pleased to announce a major international climate change conference dedicated to the interests of waterborne transport infrastructure owners, operators and user. Climate change is an important and growing focus of attention. The Paris Agreement on…
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Thursday, 01 December 2016 11:41

Carbon War Room launches data emissions tool

Article in The Marine Professional about BetterFleet, a free-to-access ship operational efficiency portal has been launched on website ShippingEffieincy.org by NGO Carbon War Room, vessel tracking provider exactEarth and UMAS (partnership between the University College London (UCL) Energy Institute and MATRANS). Read Carbon War…
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Friday, 18 November 2016 13:30

Hapag Lloyd almost halves CO2 emissions!

Article in the Marine Professional Magazine about Hapag-Lloyd reducing CO2 emissions of its container transports by a total of 45% over the last 10 years. Read more here.
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Marrakech Action Proclamation Expresses Irreversible Momentum On Climate The Proclamation celebrates the unstoppable global momentum on climate change and sustainable development action by governments, businesses, investors, sub-regional government and cities. It calls for the highest political commitment to build on…
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A global declaration urging world leaders to pay increased attention to climate change adaptation for transport will be presented at COP22 in Marrakech on November 17th. The COP22 Declaration on Accelerated Action on Adaptation in Transport will be introduced at…
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Thursday, 10 November 2016 12:13

News from COP22

The 22nd meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is well underway in Marrakech, Morocco, with plenty of attention to transport mitigation and adaptation, including waterborne transport infrastructure. Navigating a Changing Climate…
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Monday, 07 November 2016 15:40

UNEP Emissions Gap Report

One day before the Paris Agreement enters into force, a report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) confirms that the world is still heading for temperature rise of 2.9 to 3.4℃ this century, even with Paris pledges already in…
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 09:22

Unleashing the Potential of Ferries

The European Union has published a draft report about an investigation into the potential benefits of waterborne transport. DRAFT REPORT on unleashing the potential of ferries in coastal areas and inland waterways: a contribution to multimodal passenger transport
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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 15:21

#NavClimate Interview: Quebec Port Authority

#NavClimate spoke to Yoss Leclerc from the Quebec Port Authority.
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