Puerto Mejillones has successfully completed the process of measuring its carbon footprint by pursuing its sustainable environment policy and thus become the first terminal in the Antofagasta Region, Chile, to measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Joining the IAPH’s World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) in 2012, they have reportedly used methodologies made available by WPCI, e.g. Carbon Footprinting Guidance Document.
LNG Fuelled Vessels Working Group led by the Port of Antwerp issued in March 2013 a press release to provide the latest information on its activity and on the current world maritime scene surrounding LNG-powered vessels. The Working Group now comprises the following three sub-groups:
・LNG Bunkering Checklist
・LNG Bunkering Risk Perimeters
・LNG Public Awareness
More ports and their partners are encouraged to join this working group.
During the IAPH World Ports Conference held in Busan, Korea in May 2011, IAPH agreed upon a new WPCI-project; LNG-fuelled vessels. The goal of this new project theme is to develop guidelines and/or assess the possible impact at ports with regard to infrastructure, safety requirements for bunkering and the legal aspects of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative fuel to conventional fuels for ships.
The Port of Antwerp and the Port of Los Angeles announced their intention to offer incentives to clean ships under the Environmental Ship Indexing (ESI) program during the IAPH World Ports Conference in Busan, Korea in May 2011. On July 1, 2011, the Port of Antwerp became the 4th port to offer incentives through this program, joining the Ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Oslo.
As a follow-up to the Carbon Footprinting for Ports Guidance Document, released June 2010, the Carbon Footprinting theme of the WPCI has released an interactive carbon calculator for Port municipal sources. This calculator allows ports to estimate their carbon footprint by entering annual fuel and electricity consumption by source.
Bogota, Colombia, April 27, 2010—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today released a study that lays out a comprehensive framework for assessing the risks of climate change on port operations and options for adapting to the risks.
Within the World Ports Climate Initiative, ports cooperate with shipping in support of measures to reduce emissions to air from ships. The latter is the subject of a project which was jointly undertaken by the ports of Hamburg, Bremen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Le Havre. They developed a global indexing system which will enable them to stimulate the clean and climate friendly ocean going ships and which is referred to as the Environmental Ship Index in short “ESI”.
A special working group from the World Ports Climate Initiative has premiered a new addition to the WPCI Website providing a wealth of information about the subject of Onshore Power Supply (OPS). The website is targeted to port authorities, terminal operators and shipping companies.
On March 26, 2010, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) officially designated waters off North American coasts as an area in which stringent international emission standards will apply to ships. These standards will dramatically reduce air pollution from ships and deliver substantial air quality and public health benefits that extend hundreds of miles inland.
The International Association of Ports & Harbors (IAPH) dedicated one day out of its three-day Africa/Europe Regional Meeting to the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI) and WPCI’s efforts to reduce green house gas emissions and improve air quality.
To further the World Ports Climate Initiative’s mission to provide a platform for the exchange of information, the Carbon Footprinting Working Group released its much anticipated 84-page Carbon Footprinting Guidance Document at the International Ports and Harbors Africa/Europe Regional meeting in Hamburg, Germany on November 18.
The European Union proposed that the shipping and airline industries reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by as much as 20 percent over the next decade as part of any new United Nations accord to fight global warming.
APM to employ innovative operational initiatives and energy-conscious planning
The World Shipping Council (WSC) has released a white paper describing steps the liner shipping industry has taken to respond to concerns about the effect of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on climate change.