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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.

The recent IPCC report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (IPCC, 2022) highlights the ‘dire consequences’ of failing to adapt to climate change.  The IPCC makes clear that urgent action is needed to adapt infrastructure – including port and navigation infrastructure…
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The 2022 Working Group II report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, entitled Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, presents “a dire warning about the consequences of inaction” according to the Panel Chair*. Insofar as waterborne transport infrastructure is concerned, the…
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Wednesday, 27 October 2021 08:29

Join us virtually at COP26

COP26 in Glasgow is just around the corner with various events of relevance to the ports and navigation sector, for example: - on 2 and 3 November, a conference organised by the UK ports entitled ‘Practical climate change adaptation solutions…
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Tuesday, 26 October 2021 08:05

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A recording of the recent PIANC-NavClimate panel discussion event 'Assessing Resilience: Case Studies and a Path Forward for the Resilience of Maritime and Inland Waterborne Transport Systems' is now available on PIANC International’s YouTube channel. See: https://youtu.be/GxttSTXhy2E
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Final announcement and registration details Working with Nature for Climate-Resilient Ports and Waterways - Virtual Workshop Sponsored by PIANC and Navigating a Changing Climate September 14 & 15 PIANC’s Environment Commission (EnviCom) and Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership are collaborating…
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Assessing Resilience: Case Studies and a Path Forward for the Marine and Inland Waterborne Transportation System As new challenges unfold, it is becoming even more important that those who manage, own, and operate our global marine and inland waterborne transportation…
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For those with interests in Europe, the Naiades III Action Plan on Inland Navigation was adopted today.   According to the Communication published at https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM%3A2021%3A324%3AFIN&qid=1624553618712, the fundamental transformation of European transport systems towards zero-emission mobility requires an integrated multimodal approach…
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Two weeks left to submit your proposal for a presentation! Working with Nature for Climate-Resilient Ports and Waterways Online Workshop Sponsored by: PIANC and Navigating a Changing Climate Likely dates: 14 and/or 15 September 2021 Announcement and request for presentations…
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Following the hugely successful joint NavClimate-SedNet workshop 'Sediment management opportunities to address the climate change challenge' (held as an online event in February 2021), the workshop summary document has now been published on the SedNet website (see https://sednet.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Summary-and-outcomes-NavClimate-SedNet.pdf) This overview…
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