The latest news and developments on the implications of climate change for waterborne transport infrastructure. News is added by partners of the the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership. You can also let us know about the latest developments by emailing us, or by using #navclimate on twitter.
NavClimate partner ESPO and supporter EFIP have issued a joint Position Paper, entitled Ports in the European Rail System, which calls on policy makers to put port-rail networks at the heart of multi-modality. This issue is a key element of the Navigating a Changing Climate partnership's objective of delivering integrated solutions (theme 4 on our Action Plan).
Aside from rail's role in providing logistical hinterland connections to both sea and Inland ports, rail is also one of the main tools to respond to climate change related events. When water levels hinder navigability across IWT sections, rail allows for adaptation and a continuity of service. This requires the outlined investments in ensuring a connected and robust network. In particular, multiple port rail connections become even more essential in order to adapt accordingly.
Read the Position Paper at https://www.inlandports.eu/media/Rail%20Position%20Paper%20ESPO%20EFIP%20FINAL%20August%202019.pdf
A Press Release from #NavClimate supporter EFIP confirms that European inland waterway transport, already known for its sustainability record, is moving forward to further improve its performance. It aims to reach an emission reduction of more than 50% by 2030 and to sail zero-emission by 2050 offering climate neutral and zero-pollution mobility.
Inland ports, as enablers of green logistics, are supporting this transition by rolling out alternative fuels infrastructure and market measures. As hubs, inland ports envision connecting climate friendly inland shipping with other sustainable transport modes and logistical solutions.
Five very innovative vessels called at the port of Brussels on 16th October 2019 to showcase the type of technological solutions that will enable the inland sector to cut CO2 and air emissions to a minimum. Technologies included zero-emission options such as battery-electric, gas-electric, ultra clean biofuel drivetrains and hydrogen
NavClimate supporter Port of Antwerp today announced that they have ordered the construction of a tug powered by hydrogen, the first in the world. This is another important step by the Port in its transition to a sustainable, CO2-neutral port. And by lending support to this promising technology Port of Antwerp hopes that the shipping industry will follow.
Exciting news today from the UN Climate Action Summit: the Getting to Zero Coalition, an alliance of senior leaders from the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors supported by government and IGOs, will lead the push for shipping’s decarbonization with the mutual goal of having commercially viable zero emission vessels operating along deep sea trade routes by 2030
Find out more at https://www.globalmaritimeforum.org/press/1561
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 are making the journey towards decarbonisation as hydrogen and electricity become part of the propulsion mix.
Details are available at http://www.inlandnavigation.eu/news/events/green-inland-shipping/ and the registration form can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/IWT_event_2019
On behalf of the partners of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative, we would like to sincerely thank the ports who have responded to our survey created to improve understanding of the consequences and costs of extreme meteorological and/or oceanographic events. We already have nearly 40 responses from ports of all sizes, covering the world’s main oceans and shipping routes.
We will provide an interim report at the beginning of October with aggregated results - all individual responses will remain strictly confidential.
We heartily encourage other ports and inland waterways to join the survey, which they can do here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NaCCExtremeWeatherEvents
The survey will now remain open until Friday 6th September 2019.
"Europe's Most Important River Risks a Repeat of Historic Shutdown"
Indications that climate change is contributing to disrupted navigation on the Rhine for the second year running as heatwaves exacerbate low flow conditions. This is not only bad news for inland waterborne transport but a reminder of the urgent need to step up action on climate change adaptation. Find out more at https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-23/the-rhine-river-risks-a-repeat-of-last-year-s-historic-shutdown
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. See details at https://bit.ly/31VHttY or
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.
Please take part in the Navigating a Changing Climate survey on extreme weather events, which was launched at the IAPH Guangzhou 2019 World Ports Conference.
The purpose of this survey is to gather information from port operators around the world to improve understanding of the consequences and costs of extreme meteorological and/or oceanographic events. The survey includes questions on port or waterway closures, delays and downtime, and on clean up, maintenance, damage repair and other measures. It also considers wider issues, for example the role of warning systems.
Results from the survey will be published in an aggregate format to help inform port and waterway decisions on investment in resilience by facilitating understanding of the consequences of inaction. No individual port or waterway data will be published; individual respondent's data will be kept strictly confidential.
Find out more at https://bit.ly/2HiEaVb and please, complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NaCCExtremeWeatherEvents