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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 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.

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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Interested in finding out more about how you can calculate and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions? On 9th July 2019, Navigating a Changing Climate partner, Smart Freight Centre is running a webinar on the use of their GLEC framework tool. …
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Interesting article about the forthcoming launch of the world’s first zero-emission commercial vessel powered by hydrogen fuel cells.  Nicknamed the 'Water-Go-Round', the ferry is due to launch in the San Francisco Bay area (USA) in the autumn of 2019. Find…
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The guidance from PIANC's Technical Working Group 188 on Carbon Management for Port and Navigation Infrastructure was published in April 2019.  This publication investigates the carbon footprint of activities associated with the development, maintenance and operation of navigation channels and port…
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UNCTAD - Trade Logistics Branch

UNCTAD Trade Logistics Branch considers climate change and low-carbon shipping as part of its work on trade logistics.
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Ahead of the IAPH World Ports Conference in Guangzhou, the jury have worked through a long list of innovative projects to reach three finalists The IMO’s 2050 target for greenhouse gas reductions heralds the start of a structured approach towards capping…
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Speaking at the High Level Conference on Climate Change and Oceans Preservation in Belgium, the IMO Secretary-General has urged vessel owners, port operators, governments and all those involved in the maritime transport sector to take urgent action to achieve the ambitions…
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