The international collaboration was announced today during the opening session of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Antwerp Port Authority: “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 the emissions generated by maritime transport. As critical hubs in the global maritime transport network, I am convinced that ports can make a significant contribution. I am pleased to see that international port authorities have taken on a leading role in this area, committing to collaborative projects that can further advance the decarbonization of the maritime transport sector.”
The World Ports Climate Action Program focuses on the following specific actions:
- Increase efficiency of supply chains using digital tools;
- Advance common and ambitious (public) policy approaches aimed at reducing emissions within larger geographic areas;
- Accelerate development of in-port renewable power-2-ship solutions and other zero emission solutions;
- Accelerate the development of commercially viable sustainable low-carbon fuels for maritime transport and infrastructure for electrification of ship propulsion systems.
- Accelerate efforts to fully decarbonize cargo-handling facilities in our ports.
The Port Authority organisations call 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.
To increase the impact of the program, the port authority network asks governments and regulators to adopt global – or, at the very least, international – policies for CO2 pricing and provide funding support to relevant R&D and pilot projects.
The participants in the World Ports Climate Action Program will work in close collaboration with stakeholders inside and outside the maritime sector. As a first action, the partners will be drawing up a work plan. They will use the World Ports Sustainability Program (https://sustainableworldports.org) to reach out and communicate progress of this Climate Action program.