Ports collaborate for climate programme

World Ports Climate Action Program The World Ports Climate Action Program will focus on goals including accelerating development of in-port renewable power. Credit: Port of Rotterdam

The port authorities of Hamburg, Barcelona, Antwerp, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Vancouver and Rotterdam will collaborate on multiple projects that address the issue of climate change.

Specific actions targeted by the World Ports Climate Action Program include increasing efficiency of supply chains using digital tools; accelerating development of in-port renewable power-2-ship solutions and other zero emission solutions; accelerating the development of commercially viable sustainable low-carbon fuels for maritime transport and infrastructure for electrification of ship propulsion systems; and accelerating efforts to fully decarbonize cargo-handling port facilities.

Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “The Paris Agreement has set a clear target: we need to limit global warming to well below 2°C. It is vital in this context to reduce the emissions generated by maritime transport.

“As critical hubs in the global maritime transport network, I am convinced that ports can make a significant contribution. I am pleased to see that international port authorities have taken on a leading role in this area, committing to collaborative projects that can further advance the decarbonization of the maritime transport sector.”

Wide approach

As well as industry action, the programme will focus on advancing common and ambitious public policy approaches aimed at reducing emissions within larger geographic areas.

Port authority participants will work in close collaboration with stakeholders inside and outside the maritime sector. As a first action, the partners will be drawing up a work plan.

They will call upon the shipping industry and other ports to join the commitment to deliver on the Paris Agreement and to work together on actions that yield measurable results.

To increase the impact of the programme, the port authority network will ask governments and regulators to adopt global – or, at the very least, international – policies for CO2 pricing and provide funding support to relevant R&D and pilot projects.

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