Barcelona Container Port Photo: Davies / CC-BY-SA

The Port of Barcelona is a participating incentive provider in the World Ports Climate Initiative's Environmental Ship Index.

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.

Saturday, 09 March 2019 14:40

Royal Yachting Association

Royal Yachting Association is the UK national body for recreational boating
Friday, 02 September 2016 11:48


SedNet - the European Sediment Network
Friday, 02 September 2016 11:41


SIGTTO - Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators
Saturday, 01 April 2017 10:06


SLoCaT - promotes integration of sustainable transport in global development and climate policies
Friday, 03 March 2017 09:18

Sprott Planning & Environment Pty Ltd

Sprott Planning & Environment Pty Ltd - A leading Australian based consulting practice
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 19:24

UNCTAD - Trade Logistics Branch

UNCTAD Trade Logistics Branch considers climate change and low-carbon shipping as part of its work on trade logistics.
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 15:00

United Kingdom Maritime Pilots' Association

United Kingdom Maritime Pilots' Association - The representative professional body for Maritime Pilots in the United Kingdom
Thursday, 16 February 2017 08:59

University of Rhode Island - Deptarment of Marine Affairs

University of Rhode Island - Deptarment of Marine Affairs - Leadership in marine and coastal management through teaching, research and outreach.
Monday, 21 August 2017 14:41

Via Green Institute

Via Green Institute - VGI develops sustainable solutions for transport sector to face climate change.
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