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Port authorities launch World Ports Climate Action Program

International ports from Hamburg to Vancouver join forces to combat global warming

Port authorities in Hamburg, Barcelona, Antwerp, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Vancouver and Rotterdam are joining forces to work on several projects targeting global warming, as part of the World Ports Climate Action Program, a press release said Thursday (September 13, 2018). Port authorities are urging the shipping industry and other harbours to commit to the Paris Agreement and work together to deliver measurable results.

Climate protection measures

The Climate Action Program for World Ports focuses on several measures including raising the efficiency of supply chains using digital tools, advancing common and ambitious (public) policy approaches aimed at reducing emissions within larger geographic areas, accelerating the development of commercially viable sustainable low-carbon fuels for maritime transport and infrastructure for electrification of ship propulsion systems.

World Ports Sustainability Program

The participants in the World Ports Climate Action Program will work closely with stakeholders inside and outside the maritime sector. As a first step, the partners will draft a work plan using the World Ports Sustainability Program (WSP) to reach out and communicate progress on the Climate Action Program.

Launched in 2018, WSP is the first maritime sustainability charter worldwide to contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The program has been developed along five main themes: resilient infrastructure, climate and energy, community outreach and port-city dialogue, safety and security, governance and ethics.

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