The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has announced its intention to participate in the development of a comprehensive global strategy concerned with the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from maritime sources.
The global alliance, which represents around 90 countries, will be actively involved in the upcoming session of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting, during which attendees will begin to formulate an initial strategy for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
The IAPH has co-sponsored a submission calling for a quantified global emissions plan for shipping to set the level of ambition of the initial IMO strategy, which is set to be agreed upon in 2018 at the MEPC session. The objective is that greenhouse gas emissions should start to reduce as soon as possible and decrease towards zero in the second half of the century, in accordance with Paris climate goals.
“Ports are ready to facilitate the pathway to zero emission shipping,” said Peter Mollema, Europe’s vice president for IAPH.
“This can be done in various ways, for instance through the facilitation of infrastructure for the supply of alternative fuels, optimising the effectiveness of port incentive schemes, increasing operational efficiency of ports to minimise ship’s idle time and the provision of climate-proof infrastructure. What is important is that ports have the flexibility to use different tools and instruments according to the type of infrastructure and traffic they manage.”
Established in 1955, the IAPH is dedicated to fostering co-operation among ports and harbours and promoting the role they have in the creation of a peaceful and more prosperous world.
The organisation, which has Consultative NGO Status from the United Nations, has been a key player in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in shipping, having created the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) in 2008. The initiative created techniques that ports can implement to identify and reward clean ships. Last month, the IAPH decided to expand WPCI to cover a full range of sustainability issues related to ports, with the new programme due to be officially launched in March next year.
Source: Port Strategy (www.portstrategy.com), 29 June 2017