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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, 03 March 2020 13:52

IHMA participating in the Port Symposium “A holistic approach to standards for port operational data in maritime supply chains”, to be held 30 April 2020 a

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Project Officer to the International Harbour Masters’ Association, Captain Ben van Scherpenzeel, will represent the Association at the Port Symposium “A holistic approach to standards for port operational data in maritime supply chains”, to be held 30 April 2020 at IMO headquarters in London.

The symposium will address the priorities and challenges in the development of international standards for operational data in ports, including for berth to berth navigation, the ship-port interface and the end-to-end supply chain. The programme is in line with the findings of the IMO Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for Low Carbon Shipping, to realize e.g. Just In Time Arrivals.

Remote participation in the event is open to IMO’s Member Governments, IGOs, NGOs and the general public and information regarding livestreaming the event can be found at