Big global ports to work together on new initiative
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has announced the launch of the World Ports Climate Action Program, a new initiative in which several world ports will join forces to combat climate change.
In this new international initiative, the port authorities of Hamburg, Barcelona, Antwerp, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Vancouver and Rotterdam will be working together on a number of projects that address the issue of global warming.
Allard Castelein: “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:
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 programme, 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.