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Ports acknowledge role in GHG reduction from shipping

20 Apr 2018

Global port authorities, represented through the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), welcome the initial strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships that was adopted at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The MEPC 72 meeting at IMO on Friday (13 April) decided to reduce the shipping industry’s total annual GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008.

“We see the agreement primarily as an important first step,” commented IAPH Managing Director Policy and Strategy Patrick Verhoeven.

“We look forward to cooperating with our colleagues in the shipping industry, NGOs and governments in the implementation work that now lies ahead until the finalisation of the IMO strategy in 2023.”

Ports are mentioned among the stakeholders that can facilitate the shipping industry in reducing their GHG emissions.

Possible measures include provision of ship and onshore power supply from renewable sources, infrastructure to support supply of alternative low and zero-carbon fuels and optimisation of logistics chain planning.

Meanwhile, the 38-page report Reducing Shipping Greenhouse Gas Emissions Lessons From Port-Based Incentives written by the International Transport Forum (ITF) recognises the role of ports in helping the shipping industry reduce GHG emissions.

In short, the report recommends the shipping industry to acknowledge the important role of ports in mitigating shipping emissions while expanding port-based incentives for low-emission ships.

GHG reductions can also be achieved by linking port-based incentives to actual greenhouse gas emissions and moving to a more harmonised application of green port fees.

“Ports clearly play a hugely important role in helping the shipping sector to manage the transition to clean shipping”, concludes Olaf Merk, ports and shipping expert at ITF.

“Port-based incentives for greenhouse emission mitigation could provide an important supporting role.”

Published: 20 April, 2018

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