Sea-locked Small Island States rely on well-functioning and reliable transport systems, and therefore face particular challenges when it comes to climate change. It was thus a privilege for Jan Brooke representing @PIANC1 and #NavClimate to take part in the breakout group on Enhancing Action in Sustainable Transport as part of the Placencia Ambition Forum, a virtual event organised by the Alliance of Small Island States on April 20-22.
The Placencia Ambition Forum was introduced by the Prime Minister of Belize, who noted that unlike COVID-19 there will be no vaccine for or immunity from the implications of climate change. The forum reflected on the lessons already learned from the ongoing public health crisis, but stressed the need for continued urgent attention to climate change action.
Specifically with regard to transport and transport infrastructure, some of the key messages coming out of the discussions were:
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Ministers responsible for waterborne transport policy in the EU have welcomed the European Commission’s Communication on the European Green Deal and, in this context have agreed to work towards a carbon-neutral and zero pollution waterborne transport sector.
#NavClimate Supporter organisation the European Boating Industry reports that EU Transport Ministers approved the ‘Opatija Declaration’ at their meeting in mid-March. The Declaration outlines the measures for the EU Member States in their development of maritime policy in the coming decade. It focuses especially on the protection of the marine environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and further digitisation in maritime and inland navigation.
The Declaration is based on five key points: 1) Environmental protection, 2) Digitisation, 3) Human resources, 4) security and 5) competitiveness. The full declaration can be found for download at https://eu2020.hr/Home/DocumentDownload/206
The March 2020 Newsletter of the #NavClimate partners is now available to download below. This Newsletter discusses the early planning for COP26 in Glasgow; introduces the NavClimate events that are planned for later this year; and provides an update on the activities of some of the Navigating a Changing Climate partner and supporter organisations.
It also includes a reminder about the still open call for abstracts for the Navigating a Changing Climate conference-within-a-conference at the COPEDEC conference in November - see https://www.pianc-copedec2020.org/nacc
An exciting announcement from #NavClimate supporter EFIP: a Challenge to gather ideas on how European inland ports, in their role as multimodal transport hubs, can contribute to achieve the European climate targets.
According to the thinkport VIENNA website, "Europe has set ambitious transport, environmental and climate targets for 2030 and 2050 (climate targets 2030, climate targets 2050). European inland ports, due to their role as multimodal transport hubs as well as their proximity to metropolitan areas, are of crucial importance when considering strategies and approaches to achieve climate targets in the coming years. Globalisation, changing consumer behaviour and urbanisation are leading to a steady increase in traffic, freight transport and emissions in European cities. These developments call for new solutions and rapid action in order to actively meet the challenges arising from them. The political measures and initiatives to achieve these goals will be the focus of attention of all actors in the coming years. Issues related to sustainable development of European inland ports and to actively contributing to the achievement of climate targets are at the forefront of the EFIP (European Federation of Inland Ports)".
A new publication from UNCTAD entitled 'Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Coastal Transport Infrastructure: A Compilation of Policies and Practices' is now available for download from https://unctad.org/en/pages/PublicationWebflyer.aspx?publicationid=2631. This important new compilation recognises the strategic role of ports and of other key coastal transport infrastructure as part of the global trading system, and stresses the potential for climate-related delays and disruptions across global supply chains. Enhancing the climate resilience of coastal infrastructure is a matter of strategic economic importance.
Against this background, the UNCTAD publication explains how (in addition to legal and regulatory approaches, policies and plans) guidance, standards, best practices, methodologies and other tools in support of adaptation are urgently required. The compilation presents several examples, from around the world, of approaches, reports, studies and guidance that are already available to support climate risk, vulnerability and impact assessments, as well as the development of effective adaptation response measures.
PIANC's recent Working Group 178 report on Climate change adaptation planning for ports and inland waterways (downloadable for free at https://www.pianc.org/publications/envicom/wg178) is among the guidance documents highlighted in the UNCTAD publication.
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A reminder that the call for abstracts is now open for the Navigating a Changing Climate 'conference-within-a-conference' at COPEDEC in The Philippines, in November 2020. Find out more about COPEDEC at https://www.pianc-copedec2020.org/ and see the call for papers at https://navclimate.pianc.org/about/navclimate-news/call-for-abstracts-navigating-a-changing-climate-conference-at-copedec
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 21st February 2020.
On January 9th 2020 PIANC launched its technical guidance on climate change adaptation planning.
Ports and waterways around the world are already experiencing air and water temperature increases, rising sea levels, and changes in parameters such as seasonal precipitation, wind and wave conditions. Many are also seeing more frequent and severe extreme events including storms, heatwaves and droughts.
Climate change represents a significant risk to business, operations, safety and infrastructure – and hence to local, national and global economies. Waterborne transport infrastructure will be adversely affected. Port and waterway operators need to take urgent action to strengthen resilience and adapt.
The guidance, which has been prepared by the international experts on PIANC’s Working Group 178, provides an introduction to the potential consequences of climate change and some of the challenges to be addressed if ports and waterways are to adapt effectively.
It then introduces a four-stage methodological framework to help port and waterway owners and operators plan to adapt infrastructure and improve resilience. Sixteen international good practice case studies are appended to the guidance, along with various templates to be used for data collection and record keeping.
The guidance can be freely-downloaded at https://www.pianc.org/publications/envicom/wg178
Navigating a Changing Climate at COPEDEC
On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th November 2020, the Navigating a Changing Climate partners will organise a two-day conference as part of the 10th International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC) to be held in The Philippines, hosted by The Philippine Ports Authority.
The themes of this ‘conference within a conference’ will include:
-Moving towards ‘net zero’ emissions of greenhouse gases from port infrastructure including the port estate
-Ports’ role in enabling the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from vessels
-Intermodality and system-level climate change resilience
-Effects of extreme weather, including risk assessments, contingency plans and warning systems
-Monitoring and adaptive management for responding to change
-Climate change adaptation, including theory and practice, methodologies and case studies
-Optimising operational resilience, including the role of inspection and maintenance
-Flexible and adaptive infrastructure designNature-based solutions to improve navigation infrastructure resilience
-Other climate change topics
One-page abstracts are now invited on any of the above themes and other climate change related topics. The selection of presentations will be based solely on these abstracts.
In addition to a title (maximum 20 words), the abstract should include the name(s) of the author(s), their affiliation(s) and country. Where there is more than one author, the main (presenting) author must be clearly indicated. The most appropriate conference theme should also be indicated.
Selected papers must be presented at the conference by one of the authors, and the main author must guarantee such a presentation. Presenting authors will be entitled to a reduced registration fee (to be confirmed but likely 200 euros compared to 300 euros for Navigating a Changing Climate conference delegates).
Abstracts should be submitted as a PDF attached to an email to the conference secretariat and copied to . The email title line should be clearly marked with the main author’s surname and ‘Navigating a Changing Climate conference abstract’.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 21st February 2020
Some reflections from Navigating a Changing Climate's week at COP25 in Madrid, Spain, along with details on how to submit an abstract for the next Navigating a Changing Climate conference, to be held as part of the forthcoming COPEDEC conference in the Philippines, can both be found in PIANC's December 2019 newsletter available at https://www.pianc.org/uploads/files/SAILING-AHEAD-DECEMBER-2019.pdf
A new Sustainable Shipping Initiative report discussing the possible role of sustainable biofuels in the decarbonisation of shipping was published on 11th December at COP25 in Madrid. The report sets out the findings of an inquiry into the sustainability and availability of such products.