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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.

Saturday, 06 May 2017 10:48

European Maritime Pilots' Association (EMPA)

European Maritime Pilots' Association (EMPA) - Professional Association representing Maritime Pilots from European Ports and Coastal states
Monday, 13 January 2020 09:32

H R Wallingford

HR Wallingford are specialists in engineering and environmental hydraulics and the water environment.
Saturday, 18 November 2017 14:00

ICHCA International

ICHCA International - ICHCA is the recognised industry NGO for cargo handling and related activities
Friday, 02 September 2016 12:35


IFSTTAR - Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports, de l'aménagement et des réseaux
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 10:33

Inland Navigation Europe (INE)

Inland Navigation Europe (INE)is the European platform of waterway authorities and organisations promoting transport by water.
Monday, 04 June 2018 11:39

International Bulk Terminals Association (IBTA)

International Bulk Terminals Association - The IBTA is a coalition of the International Dry Bulk Terminals Group and the Coal Export Terminal Operators Association
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 12:37

JBA Consulting

JBA Consulting are Engineers, environmental consultants and scientists helping ports manage risk and build resilience.
Friday, 02 September 2016 12:48


Laboratori d’Enginyeria Marítima - The Maritime Engineering Laboratory of the Technical University of Catalonia
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 07:44

London Maritime Group

London Maritime Group Specialist consultancy focussing on safety of navigation operations, capacity building and development
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:17

Maritime Pilots Malaysia

Maritime Pilots Malaysiaa national professional organisation registered with the Registrar of Society Malaysia that functions to represent the interest of Maritime Pilot's professionalism.
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