World Ports Climate
Action Program

The World Ports Climate Action Program (WPCAP) is a new international initiative which was announced on September 13th 2018 at the Global Climate Action Summit.

The participating ports include: Port of Rotterdam, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Port of Hamburg, Port of Antwerp, Port of Barcelona, Port of Gothenburg, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Port of Amsterdam and HAROPA Port of Le Havre.

As leading ports around the world, a very significant impact can be made on climate action and deliver on the call for clean air at the same time, through concerted, cooperative efforts.

By “acting local and thinking global”, cooperation will start and be accelerated through the following specific actions:

1) Increase efficiency of supply chains while approaching and while in Ports through development and harmonization of digital tools that increase transparency and optimise supply chain performance;

2) Advance common and ambitious (public) policy approaches on emission reductions within larger geographical areas, either through limits, direct or indirect pricing or other means, thereby neutralizing competitive distortion that could arise from non-participating ports accommodating the locally lowest environmental standard;

3) Accelerate development of feasible renewable power-2-ship solutions or other zero emission solutions controlling at-berth emissions for ships using conventional fossil fuels;

4) Accelerate in the supply chain development of commercially viable sustainable low-carbon fuels for maritime transport (with a greenhouse gas reduction potential well below 50% of the current fuels) and infrastructure for electrification of ship propulsion systems such as charging and/or battery exchanges. We support the role of LNG as transition fuel;

5) Accelerate our efforts to fully decarbonize the cargo-handling facilities in ports


The five WPCAP-actions are divided in five Working Groups. Here is an overview of the ports actively involved in the specific Working Groups (WG’s). The ones in italics represent the team leader(s) of the Group:

WG 1 : EFFICIENCY – Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Vancouver

WG 2 : POLICY – Amsterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, Gothenburg, Le Havre, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Vancouver

WG 3 : POWER2SHIP – Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Vancouver

WG 4 : FUELS – Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Gothenburg, Le Havre, New York/New Jersey, Rotterdam, Vancouver

WG 5 : FACILITIES – Long Beach, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Vancouver, Antwerp

At the moment, the Working Groups are developing their Action Plan. The Action Plan includes, amongst other things, a description of the scope of the Working Group and a timeline of actions/milestones set over a time period of 5 years (2019-2023). These actions can consist of increasing awareness, a model, pilots, and research. The actions should be quantifiable and measurable and set on the baseline or in a specific timeframe in order to track and ‘check off’ the activities each year. Moreover, it should be taken into account that the actions are applicable worldwise and could function as a blueprint for other projects/ports (scale up).

The participants in the World Ports Climate Action Program will work in close collaboration with stakeholders inside and outside the maritime sector. This includes creating synergies with current initiatives such as the IAPH Clean Marine Fuels Working Group, IAPH Environmental Shipping Index Working Group and Taskforce Port Call Optimization. This World Ports Sustainability Program Platform will be used for dissemination of the outcomes of the various WPCAP working group actions, as well as for knowledge sharing and progress reports.

Read the launch announcementView the WPCAP declarationWPCAP Congress 2019 Announcement