The port authorities of Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Rotterdam and Vancouver have launched a collaborative initiative to address global warming.
The World Ports Climate Action Program is a response to the Paris Agreement, which calls signatories to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ensure that global warming will be limited to well below 2°C.
The new initiative aims to make a significant impact on climate action by leading collaborative projects that aim to increase the efficiency of supply chains using digital tools and advance (public) policy approaches on emission reductions within larger geographical areas.
The programme also focuses on developing renewable power-2-ship solutions and other zero emission solutions, developing commercially viable sustainable low-carbon fuels for maritime transport and fully decarbonising cargo-handling facilities in ports.
Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam, said: “The Paris Agreement has set a clear target: we need to limit global warming to well below 2°C. It is vital in this context to reduce emissions generated by maritime transport.
“As critical hubs in the global maritime network, I am convinced that ports can make a significant contribution.”
The port authority organisations called upon the shipping industry and other ports to join the commitment to deliver on the Paris Agreement and to work together on actions that yield measurable results.
The network has also urged governments and regulators to adopt global or international policies for CO2 pricing and provide funding to relevant research & development and pilot projects.