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 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.

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Port of Trois-Rivières

Port of Trois-Rivières is an innovative urban port, at the heart of a competitive supply chain.
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Port Saint John

Port Saint John is a Canadian Port Authority connecting the world through trade and tourism.
Friday, 02 September 2016 12:48

Ports Australia

Ports Australia - representing the interests of Australia’s ports and marine regulatory authorities
Friday, 02 September 2016 12:48

Puertos del Estado

Puertos del Estado - Spanish State Ports
Monday, 16 January 2017 08:41


Ramboll - global consultancy in port, coastal and marine engineering and environmental services
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
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