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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, 19 October 2021 09:55

El Marco Operativo del GLEC: the GLEC Framework is now available in Spanish!

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After our v 2.0 of the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) Framework was released in 2019, we have seen the expansion of GLEC Framework users across the globe. The GLEC Framework is the only globally recognized methodology for harmonized calculation and reporting of the logistics GHG footprint across the multi-modal supply chain, and more than 120 leading multinationals are now using the GLEC Framework. It can be implemented by shippers, carriers and logistics service providers, and covers all modes of transport and logistics sites.

We believe that increased transparency and collaboration will mobilize companies to reduce the climate and pollution impact arising from global freight transportation. Decarbonization is achievable together, no matter what language you speak.

Smart Freight Centre is continuing to support the local efforts of freight decarbonization in Mexico. We’re collaborating with the German Cooperative of Sustainable Development (GIZ) Mexico and with the support of national programs like Transporte Limpio, and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), developing training programs that will provide appropriate frameworks for calculating and reporting emissions.

As part of our work together, we are happy to announce the launch of the Spanish translation of the GLEC Framework – El Marco Operativo del GLEC.

“We’re really pleased to be able to spread the word even further about calculation, reporting and reduction of emissions from freight transportation thanks to the translation of the GLEC Framework and the associated e-training course into Spanish. We hope this opens up a whole new audience for this important topic. Thanks to all those who helped make it possible.” - Alan Lewis, Technical Director, Smart Freight Centre
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