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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, 19 February 2019 09:47

Santos Pilots Greener

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Santos Pilots operates in the largest port in Latin America, at  the Port of Santos, in Brazil. The company carried out the environmental monitoring of its activities through VGP-Environmental Management, a program developed by Via Green Institute, which manages five environmental aspects: Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy Efficiency, Direct Water Footprint, Effluent Generation and Solid Waste. In 2018, based on its annual Environmental Report, the carbon footprint of the pilotage operations was estimated, reaching the emission factor of 106 kg CO2e per manoeuvre. According to this, it is possible to evaluate objectively the environmental performance of the company. The report provides subsidies for the implementation of continuous improvement aiming at gradually mitigating of the environmental impacts of its operations.

Via Green Institute is a non-profit organization that values the prevention and monitoring of negative impacts and externalities on society and the environment, promoting the preservation, conservation and recovery of natural resources and biodiversity. Via Green Institute created ‘ECOPILOT Certification procedure, which consists on calculating and offset GHG emissions of pilotage activities. Neutralization occurs through support for certified environmental projects and the planting of native trees for recovery and degraded areas.


Source: Instituto Via Green