Seven leading port authorities are joining forces to participate in the World Ports Climate Action Program.
The new international initiative will see the port authorities of Hamburg, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Vancouver and Antwerp join forces and work together on a number of projects that address the issue of global warming.
The international collaboration was announced during the opening session of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.
A statement from the group said: “The Paris Agreement has set a clear target: we need to limit global warming to well below 2 degC. It is vital in this context to reduce the emissions generated by maritime transport.
“As critical hubs in the global maritime transport network, ports can make a significant contribution. International port authorities have taken on a leading role in this area, committing to collaborative projects that can further advance the decarbonisation of the maritime transport sector.”
The World Ports Climate Action Program focuses on the following specific actions:
The port authority organisations called 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 is asking 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 said they will work in close collaboration with stakeholders inside and outside the maritime sector.
As their first action, the partners said they will be drawing up a work plan, and will use the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) to reach out and communicate progress of this Climate Action program.
The WPSP was launched in 2018 in Antwerp. It is claimed to be the first maritime sustainability charter worldwide to contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme has been developed along five themes: resilient infrastructure, climate and energy, community outreach and port-city dialogue, safety and security, governance and ethics.
The WPSP charter has five founding organisations:, the European Sea Ports Organisation, The Worldwide Network of Port Cities, the American Association of Port Authorities, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure and the International Association of Ports and Harbours. Together, these organisations represent nearly 1,000 ports and port-related businesses and agencies from more than 100 countries around the world.