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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, 04 October 2016 15:09

Ship Port Interface for Energy Efficiency

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IMO Train the Trainer Course on Energy Efficient Ship Operation Module 5 – Ship Port Interface for Energy Efficiency 

PDF can be found here.

The aim of this module is to deal with ship-port interface and how ship in-port operation can influence the ship energy efficiency and port air quality. It includes all aspects of ship operation in ports and relevant technologies, fuels and operational measures for reducing the ship-in-port fuel consumption and air pollutants. Apart from introductory section on port structure and services, the main operational aspect of shipport interface in terms of just-in-time operation is covered in detail first. Next, a full review of various technological, fuels and operational measures for reduction of ships’ emissions to ports are investigated. The concept of Onshore Power Supply (OPS) or cold ironing is discussed as the main way of reducing air pollutant in ports. Finally, port-related green initiatives and port environmental programs are introduced and sample initiatives are introduced.