In view of the international policy framework, the port community must prepare for a low carbon economy in the future. Antwerp’s port community has endorsed the ambitious goals of COP21 (The Paris Agreement) and is currently working on implementing these in practice. This constitutes a good foundation for national and international policy in the next decades.
The goals are:
- to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C (compared with the pre-industrial period).
- to help countries adapt to climate change.
- to make the transition to a low-carbon economy.
- to reserve the required resources for this.
The space for new technology (electric and plug-in hybrid cars, energy-efficient offices with smart heating and cooling systems...) are just a few examples of our efforts.
We believe in the benefits of this choice as it creates:
- more employment (because of new technology).
- more competitiveness (because of policy resilience and energy savings).
- sustainable economic growth (by attracting new production processes), both for the port and the economy.
A low carbon economy is technically and financially feasible. The cost of climate change will be much higher than the cost for implementing these climate-friendly measures, both for the economy and for our society.