NavClimate News

The latest news about the activities of the Navigating a Changing Climate Initiative.

#NavClimate Focal Point

#NavClimate Focal Point

Reflecting the uncertainty over the implications of the Trump presidency for greenhouse gas emissions, there are some worrying observations from @UNDispatch in their article '5 International Climate Stories to Watch in 2017'.  Such concerns can only emphasise the urgency of paying proper attention to preparedness and adaptation.


Think Climate coalition partner ESPO considers that IMO is the right level to find a solution to the issue of emissions from shipping, but urges Europe to pile up pressure on the IMO to deliver on CO2 cap.


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Deltares, an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface, has signed up as a supporter of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative.

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 climate change, which came into force on 4th November 2016, is an ambitious international agreement that aims to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. Coming years are likely to see massive efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move to low carbon solutions across all sectors: navigation infrastructure is no exception. Notwithstanding the Paris Agreement, however, it is also widely agreed that continuing change in certain climate parameters is now unavoidable. Resilience will need to be strengthened and waterborne transport infrastructure will need to adapt. Preparedness will be critical.


The conference programme covers three themes: climate change mitigation, adaptation, and integration. For each theme, the conference organisers have invited a range of speakers, representing all parts of the waterborne transport infrastructure sector:

· international organisations and funding agencies

· policy makers and practitioners

· ports and inland waterways

· operators and advisors

View full programme here

In addition to the full presentations, there will be a series of mini-presentations on the conference themes. These ‘5x5x5’ sessions will enable a broader range of topics to be covered over the two days, and those attending the site visit to the Port of Zeebrugge will have an opportunity to hear from other speakers. The conference is therefore designed to maximise delegates’ opportunity to learn about good practice and to exchange experiences with the organisations leading the way in Navigating the Changing Climate.

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 the Side Event Climate Adaptation in the Global Transport Sector on November 9th during Marrakech Climate Conference in Marakkech, Morocco. The Declaration will be presented in the Transport Showcase Event on November 12th and in the Transport Day Marrakech on November 13th. The COP22 Declaration on Accelerated Action on Adaptation in Transport will be formally handed over to High Level Champions on November 17th at the High Level Event on Accelerating Climate Change.

We would like to invite you to endorse the Declaration in individual or organizational capacity.

Sign Declaration

PLEASE take the opportunity to sign up, and don’t be put off by the term ‘surface transport’ - the Declaration does apply also to seaports and inland waterways!
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 was a featured initiative in the daily update prepared by the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PDF) on Day Three of COP22. A side-event on transport adaptation in Africa is also reported in this update.

#NavClimate spoke to Anika Beiersdorf from the Hamburg Port Authority.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 15:21

#NavClimate Interview: Quebec Port Authority

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

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 place. Urgent action is needed to cut a further 25% from predicted 2030 emissions if warming is to be limited to well below two degrees.

In 2015, the European Investment Bank invested EUR 20.7bn in climate action projects, bringing their total climate-related spend for 2011-2015 to EUR 90.5bn including EUR 10.3bn on lower carbon and climate-friendly transport.
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