IAPH to play a key role in supporting ports of member states to facilitate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from shipping
15 October 2020
IAPH is delighted to announce that it has joined the IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 Project as a strategic partner. The GreenVoyage2050 Project is a partnership project between the Government of Norway and IMO aiming to transform the shipping industry towards a lower carbon future. It aims to support developing countries to meet their commitment towards relevant climate change and energy efficiency goals as specified in the IMO’s initial strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships.
IAPH’s Technical Committees of port member experts will work alongside fellow GreenVoyage2050 partners on concrete deliverables that include the creation of workshop packages on sustainable ports and onshore power supply between now and the end of 2021.
These workshops will then be rolled out at selected ports from 12 countries from Asia, Africa, Black Sea / Caspian Sea, Caribbean, Latin America and Pacific as part of the GreenVoyage2050 plan to expand port management capacities in those six priority regions. IAPH will join GreenVoyage2050 as part of a broad range of coordinated actions with a number of Pioneer Pilot Countries (PPC), New Pilot Countries (NPC), and strategic national, regional and global partners.
IAPH Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven commented : “We are delighted to embark on the GreenVoyage2050 project as a strategic partner. IAPH has already actively worked together with the IMO’s Marine Environment Division on the GEF-UNDP-IMO Global maritime energy eﬀiciency partnerships (GloMEEP) project, delivering several useful workshops and industry tools such as the Port Emissions Toolkit which assists ports in their emissions reduction strategies. We look forward to having our experts from the IAPH Climate and Energy Technical Committee join colleagues on the GreenVoyage2050 Project to assist member state countries on emissions reductions initiatives related to ports.”
IMO’s Project Technical Manager Astrid Dispert commented: “We very much welcome this partnership and look forward to closely collaborate with IAPH’s technical committees with a view to developing tools and guidance to support ports, particularly those participating in the GreenVoyage2050 Project, in their efforts to reduce GHG emissions. This type of collaboration will greatly support implementation of the actions set out in IMO’s resolution on ports, which encourages voluntary cooperation between shipping and port sectors to reduce GHG emissions.”
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About IAPH (iaphworldports.org)
Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) is a non-profit-making global alliance of 170 ports and 140 port-related organisations covering 90 countries. Its member ports handle more than 60 percent of global maritime trade and around 80 percent of world container traffic. IAPH has consultative NGO status with several United Nations agencies. In 2018, IAPH established the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP). Guided by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, it aims to unite sustainability efforts of ports worldwide, encouraging international cooperation between all partners involved in the maritime supply chain. WPSP (sustainableworldports.org) covers five main areas of collaboration: energy transition, resilient infrastructure, safety and security, community outreach and governance.
Image courtesy of the Port of Montreal, WPSP 2020 Award finalist in category Community Outreach and Port-City Dialogue (Focus Area 1 = Port Development and License to Operate) – Grand Quay Development