The Port of London Authority (PLA) hosted 20 specialists from ports and incentive providers around the world recently, when the steering group for the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) met in London.
The experts, from ports including Rotterdam, Marseille, Los Angeles and Panama met over two days to help shape the next phase in the development of the ESI. The Index identifies seagoing ships that perform better in reducing air emissions than required by the current emission standards of the International Maritime Organization. The PLA uses it as the basis for identifying ships which qualify for its green tariff of discounted port charges.
The ESI is one of the key initiatives of the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP), which captures the world’s key ports’ commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while continuing their role as transportation and economic centres. Embracing oxides of nitrogen and sulphur dioxide emissions, it provides a comprehensive assessment of ships’ environmental performance.
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