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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 the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership 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.

A Press Release from #NavClimate supporter EFIP confirms that European inland waterway transport, already known for its sustainability record, is moving forward to further improve its performance.  It aims to reach an emission reduction of more than 50% by 2030…
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A new article in the Marine Professional discusses a recent announcement from the Norwegian government of intentions to reduce emissions from domestic shipping and fishing vessels by half by 2030 and to promote the development of zero- and low-emission solutions for…
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A new article in the Marine Engineers Messenger discusses a proposal from BIMCO to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which calls to regulate propulsion power of ships in order to sustain the greenhouse gas savings already achieved through slower steaming.…
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An updated method to calculate the carbon footprint of the global logistics supply chain was released this summer by Smart Freight Centre and the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC), a group of companies, industry associations and programs, and backed by…
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NavClimate supporter Port of Antwerp today announced that they have ordered the construction of a tug powered by hydrogen, the first in the world. This is another important step by the Port in its transition to a sustainable, CO2-neutral port.…
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Exciting news today from the UN Climate Action Summit: the Getting to Zero Coalition, an alliance of senior leaders from the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors supported by government and IGOs, will lead the push for shipping’s decarbonization with…
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Registration is now open for the Green Inland Shipping event, organised by Navigating a Changing Climate supporters EFIP, INE and others and hosted by the Port of Brussels.  Participants will be able to board and explore several innovative vessels that…
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A new article in the Marine Engineers Messenger discusses a new report by the Maritime Strategies International (MSI) consultancy on behalf of the European Climate Foundation that considers a study of radical decarbonisation effects on shipping. The report focusses on…
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The International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee met in May and one of the topics discussed was efforts to build on the historic greenhouse gas emissions strategy. Large shipping nations and European economies are urging shipowners to hasten operational…
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The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology has provided input on the UK’s Clean Maritime Plan which was launched today and sets out a maritime zero-emission travel strategy. All new ships for UK waters ordered from 2025 should be…
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