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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, 08 June 2021 11:24

IAPH on demand webinar : What proactive steps can ports take to provide landside bunkering infrastructure for alternative fuels?

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With regulatory measures on emissions reductions in shipping still being formulated and the debate still open on which fuels to use, the IMO2050 target clock is ticking to reduce global reductions in shipping carbon dioxide emissions by at least 50% from 2008 levels. On the landside, how are ports proactively kickstarting investments in bunkering infrastructure to meet those future needs? Gain insight from port and industry executives on how strategies are being developed to make alternative fuel bunkering operations a reality.

Speakers : 

Faustine Delasalle, Director, Energy Transitions Commission, and Partner, Systemiq

Quah Ley Hoon Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

Unni Einemo, Director, International Bunkering Industry Association (IBIA)

Watch the webinar on demand here