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The Port of Barcelona is a participating incentive provider in the World Ports Climate Initiative's Environmental Ship Index.

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 the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership 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.

Tuesday, 07 June 2022 16:36

28 June - PIANC free-to-attend half-day event 'Dealing with climate change uncertainties and making the case to adapt'

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This hybrid (in person at ICE in London, UK, but also online) afternoon seminar will introduce the recent PIANC technical note on Managing Climate Change Uncertainties in Selecting, Designing and Evaluating Options for Resilient Navigation Infrastructure and highlight the issues we are addressing in another forthcoming publication, on making the business case to adapt

In addition to introducing the Guidance Note, speakers will:

Present international case studies on the application of climate change scenarios, and on the need to prepare for unprecedented conditions

Summarise the results of a recent survey on the costs and consequences of extreme weather events for ports, andExplore how and why port and waterway operators should make the business case for investment in adaptation and strengthened resilience.

You can find out more and register for the event here.