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The World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) is an initiative of IAPH as coordinator working with four founding partners: PIANC, AIVP, American Association of Port Authorities and ESPO.  IADC and ICHCA are amongst several other signatories to the Charter.

There are five main workstreams under the WPSP, each of which aims to deliver on a cluster of relevant United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.  The workstreams cover:

-       resilient infrastructure, to face the challenges of the future including climate change

-       climate and energy, initiatives that contribute to the Paris Agreement goals

-       community outreach and port-city dialogue, embracing societal integration

-       safety and security, including cyber-security

-       governance and ethics; transparent, ethical policies and management.

The first two workstreams in the list above coincide particularly well with the activities of the PIANC-led Navigating a Changing Climate initiative in which IAPH and ESPO are also partners.  There is therefore a great deal of scope for collaboration (and for avoiding duplication).

The first day of the WPSP launch event comprised a high-level welcome and endorsement session.  Worth noting from Day One, the strong relationship expressed between the port community and maritime shipping, and the repeated calls on the IMO for a strong set of targets for GHG reduction as an outcome from their forthcoming meeting.

The second day provided an opportunity for those attending to help shape the future activities of the Program, through a series of workshops.  Two of these workshops covered topics of particular interest to the Navigating a Changing Climate partners: climate and energy, and resilient infrastructure.  Recommendations from the first of these workshops included:

-       development of incentives to support ports and terminals in their efforts to decarbonise

-       support for onshore power through collaborative projects

-       understanding waste streams in the context of the circular economy, and

-       data collection and improved understanding of energy efficiency and carbon foot-printing.

Recommended actions from the resilient infrastructure workshop included:

-       introduction of sustainability requirements (criteria) into financing agreements

-       collation of information on costs and consequences of extreme weather events (in collaboration with Navigating a Changing Climate), and

-       raising awareness of ‘with nature’ philosophies including using social media.

More information about the WPSP initiative can be found at the new website ( and news about the launch event and its outcomes can be accessed through:

A new report from the International Transport Forum report examines what would be needed to achieve zero CO2 emissions from international maritime transport by 2035. 

Download the report from

A March 2018 report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) confirms the importance of increasing the adaptability of Europe’s infrastructure and social systems to a changing climate.  See 

Several publications this week report on studies indicating that rates of sea level rise may be accelerating.  For example see 

Monday, 13 November 2017 11:52

NavClimate news from COP23 Transport Day

Some headline comments from @COP23 Transport Thematic Day on Saturday 11th November ...

OECD International Transport Forum emphasised the importance of providing evidence and supporting information to enable countries to optimise their transport policies, but cautioned that transport climate policy is not one-size-fits-all.

The Moroccan COP22 Presidency confirmed that the creation of jobs associated with clean energy and clean transport is possible, including in developing countries.

SLoCaT highlighted that very few NDCs cover transport.  Many countries don’t have a transport decarbonisation roadmap at all, whilst some focus only on certain types of transport.  There is much still to do.

Pat Cox, the session moderator stressed the need for targets, projects, numbers and objectives: nice words need to be translated into real, measurable targets.

UNFCCC noted that the 2017-2018 facilitative dialogue has now started and that parties are increasingly looking for support and ideas from non-state actors on ‘how’ their objectives can be achieved.

Michelin Movin’On stressed the need to be ambitious without over-regulating.  Governments should try to enable and facilitate, but also be clear and committed.  Then industry will have the confidence to invest.

And specifically on adaptation, the discussion session drew attention to:

- the importance of both international partnerships and technical guidance in delivering adaptation NDCs; many countries need help in strengthening capacity and would benefit from technology transfer- there is a need to mainstream adaptation into government decision making- the benefits of adaptation need to be quantified and the business case needs to be made: the latter should understand and integrate social and economic losses- inter-linkages with other sectors need to be considered: adaptation is a multi-stakeholder issue.

Very interesting article in The New York Times, illustrating exactly how much there is to do in terms of decarbonisation - or how much there will be to do in terms of adaptation!


Good to see the shipping industry will be joining the waterborne transport infrastructure sector and others from #WeAreTransport in attending COP23.

‘Ambition 1.5oC: Global Shipping’s Action Plan’ summit at COP23 will gather 150-200 industry representatives and UNFCCC delegates to take action and create an Action Plan for the decarbonisation of the shipping industry. The summit will take place on 13 November 2017, in Bonn, onboard the RheinFantasie river vessel.  For more information, see 

The European Commission has launched a consultation on the revision of its policy on the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions from maritime transport.

For more information see 

A new international standard on resilience is now available.  ISO 22316 (2017) published by the International Organization for Standardization is intended to help organisations improve their ability to absorb and adapt to a changing environment in turn ensuring they can continue to deliver their objectives and to survive and prosper.  According to the ISO ( more resilient organisations can anticipate and respond to threats and opportunities, arising from sudden or gradual changes in their internal and external context – for example the changing climate.

For more information see

Navigating a Changing Climate welcomes three new supporter organisations: SLoCaT, the Port of London Authority and the European Maritime Pilots’ Association. 

The NavClimate partners look forward to engaging with these organisations as we take forward our work to support the inland and maritime navigation infrastructure sector in responding to climate change.

For more information on becoming a supporter organisation see

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