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IMarEST is The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology; the international professional body and learned society for all marine professionals. IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.
IMarEST is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership based in over 120 countries, it is a registered charity and provides grades of membership for everyone, from those seeking to become Chartered or gain other Professional Recognition, to those just starting out in their careers or studying in education.
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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 all vessel categories.
SFC is the Smart Freight Centre, SFC was established in 2013 as a global non-profit organisation leading the way to a more efficient and environmentally sustainable global freight and logistics sector.
SFC is dedicated to remove market barriers and leverage existing initiatives to catalyse the uptake of practical solutions throughout industry that improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and lower operating costs. SFC can play this role because it is a fit-for-purpose organisation with secured funding, independent from industry or government, and has a global network across stakeholder groups. SFC focuses on three approaches:
Awareness of climate change issues is variable across SFC’s network. Many initial contacts at the forefront taking action in respect of greenhouse gas emissions reduction in the logistics sector but there is less awareness elsewhere. Participation in the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative enables SFC to work with like-minded organisations in the sector to set the agenda and lead the development of consistent, workable approaches to calculation and reporting of greenhouse gases from maritime and inland waterway freight transportation and from associated terminal operations. This is an essential step towards effective decision making and emission reduction strategy development and subsequent action.
ESPO is the European Sea Ports Organisation. ESPO is the principal interface between European seaports and the European institutions and its policy makers. ESPO represents the port authorities, port associations and port administrations of the seaports of 23 Member States of the European Union and Norway at EU political level. ESPO also has observer members in Iceland and Israel.
Based in Brussels since its establishment in 1993, the European Sea Ports Organisation ensures that seaports have a clear voice in the European Union. ESPO represents the common interests and promotes the common views and values of its members to the European institutions and its policy makers.
Overall awareness of climate change is relatively high amongst ESPO’s membership. Energy consumption has been identified as number 2 environmental priority of the sector for 2016 and around half of ESPO’s members calculate and report on their carbon footprint. Ports get their license to operate and to grow from their surrounding local communities and decarbonisation and fighting climate change are at the heart of the communities’ interests. Finally, ports are literally on the front row when it comes to facing the consequences of Climate Change (sea level rise, extreme weather conditions). Through its participation in the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership, ESPO aims to build further awareness amongst its member ports on both climate change mitigation and adaptation.
EuDA is the European Dredging Association. The members of EuDA comprise of dredging companies and national dredging associations, mostly Europe-based but who operate internationally.
EuDA provides the official interface between European dredging companies and the EU's Institutions and some international organisations (e.g. IMO, HELCOM or ILO). EuDA also supports the dredging companies in developing knowledge and capacity to tackle new challenges inter alia through specialised working groups, and promotes investment in marine/maritime research and innovation. The Association has a strong emphasis on social and environmental affairs.
Awareness of climate change is generally high amongst EuDA’s membership: most members have a level 3 or more on the CO2 performance scale (the Netherlands); EuDA gathers emissions data; has studied specific dredging vessels’ emissions patterns; and prepared targeted communications papers with industry-backed methodologies to estimate CO2 emissions from dredging projects.
The IMarEST is The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology; the international professional body and learned society for all marine professionals. IMarEST has a registered charity status and is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body. The IMarEST has categories of membership for everyone with an interest in the marine world, and is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership of over 20,000 individuals based in over 120 countries.
Our mission is to work with the global marine community to promote scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide. The IMarEST aims to;
Awareness of climate change is generally high amongst the IMarEST’s membership. The Institute’s aspirations for Navigating a Changing Climate are to contribute to raising awareness and work together with the partners of the coalition to help the inland and maritime navigation infrastructure sector respond to climate change. By furthering understanding, providing targeted technical support, and building capacity, the coalition’s ‘Navigating a Changing Climate’ initiative will encourage the owners, operators and users of waterborne transport infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and shift to low carbon maritime and inland navigation infrastructure, and to act urgently to strengthen resilience and improve preparedness to adapt to the changing climate. As a learned society, IMarEST supports and inspires the development of best practice in marine engineering, science and technology, addressing the needs of society at sea and making a positive difference in line with our Corporate Vision of a world where marine resources and activities are sustained, managed and developed for the benefit of humanity.
IWI, Inland Waterways International, members comprise about 60 organisations covering 20 countries. Its membership includes leading navigation authorities, as well as voluntary bodies, museums and commercial companies. Individual members include both users and experts in the various disciplines. All have a keen interest in both the history and the modern significance of inland waterways for commercial carrying and recreational use.
IWI’s objective is to bring together people and organisations who support the conservation, use, development and proper management of inland waterways worldwide. It aims to raise public awareness of the benefits of using waterways for a wide range of activities, from inland water transport to cruising, towpath walking and other recreational uses, as well as appreciating their architectural and landscape values as heritage. It also promotes restoration, where appropriate, of waterways which have become derelict.
IWI’s aspirations for Navigating a Changing Climate are to contribute to climate awareness amongst the European and North American waterways networks, as well as those in South America, Asia and Africa, including existing and possible future ship canals addressing the needs of maritime traffic. IWI’s role and its actions have historically related more to the infrastructure, since that is where some of the toughest long-term challenges lie. How important is it to complete the networks available to commercial inland navigation? IWI has long been involved in analysis and awareness-raising on projects such as the Seine-Nord Europe Canal in France or the Danube-Oder-Elbe Water Corridors in the Czech Republic. It also has a world view, with an understanding of the issues involved in expanding inland water transport in South America and in certain parts of China.
IMPA is the International Maritime Pilots’ Association. Members of IMPA comprise 44 national pilot associations from around the globe.
IMPA aims to:
Existing knowledge about climate change varies across IMPA’s membership. Some, who rely on freshwater levels daily are very aware; others are sceptical. By participating in the Navigating a Changing Climate partnership, IMPA will be able to facilitate the essential greater understanding of the ramifications of climate change: not only amongst its members but also within the membership’s wider port communities that may otherwise not be aware of its impact on their future operations and how they may be able to deal with it.
IHMA is the International Harbour Masters’ Association. IHMA has around 250 individual members from 40 different countries.
The main objectives of IHMA are to:
Whilst there is some recognition amongst IHMA’s members of the risks associated with climate change, IHMA intends that participation in the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership will increase awareness amongst its members, who have responsibility for the safety of navigation and port operations, of the actions that can be taken to adapt to the changing climate and to strengthen the port’s resilience.
PIANC is the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. PIANC members include Governments, corporate members, public and private sector organisations and, individuals from 65 countries around the world.
Amongst PIANC’s main objectives, the following are of particular relevance to the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative:
Existing levels of knowledge about climate change amongst PIANC’s membership vary significantly. Some members are well informed and some of the larger ports or waterways operators may feel that they are well prepared, but there are low levels of awareness elsewhere in the sector. By leading the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership PIANC aims to raise awareness of the challenges that climate change will undoubtedly bring whilst also contributing to the development and dissemination of relevant information and technical guidance that draws on wider sectoral knowledge and experience through collaboration with the Navigating a Changing Climate partner organisations.
IAPH is the International Association of Ports and Harbors, they have members in 90 countries around the world. IAPH members are primarily port authorities or port-related businesses.
IAPH aims to:
IAPH has joined the PIANC-led environment initiative Navigating a Changing Climate as a partner to raise awareness about the challenges posed by climate change at a global level. IAPH’s commitment to combating climate change is never new, as demonstrated by its environmental initiative “World Ports Climate Initiative” launched in 2008. Its major pillars are Environmental Ship Index (ESI), Onshore Power Supply and Carbon Footprinting.