World Ports Climate
Action Program

The World Ports Climate Action Program (WPCAP) is an international initiative of twelve leading ports that are working on plans to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping and ports and improve air quality. The participating ports include: Antwerp, Barcelona, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Le Havre, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New York & New Jersey, Rotterdam,  Valencia, Vancouver and Yokohama. The shipping sector is an international sector; to have a big impact, global cooperation is needed. WPCAP was announced on September 13th 2018 at the Global Climate Action Summit.

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

Our focus : 5 specific actions

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 optimize 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 in-port renewable power-2-ship solutions or other zero emission solutions controlling at-berth emissions for ships;

4) Accelerate the 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;

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

The five WPCAP actions are divided in five working groups. By sharing knowledge, developing joint projects, developing policy and involving the shipping sector in this, the ports expect to be able to achieve more concrete progress than if ports do this individually.

In the summer of 2019 the Action Plans of the Working Groups were approved. 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 consists of increasing awareness/ a model/ pilots/ research. The actions are 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 the actions are applicable worldwide and could function as a blueprint for other projects/ports (scale up).

As leading ports, we have demonstrated in recent months, even in these pressing times (under the COVID situation), our ability to grow closer to each other. The WPCAP experts have been accelerating their work in order to raise the bar: they are working on specific climate actions in addition to the existing action plans.
WPCAP experts have presented their proposals at high level meetings, which have been moved online to accomodate for COVID-19 restrictions. A subsequent high-level meeting will occur in October of 2021. As restrictions are lessened, high-level meetings in person will now be rescheduled to occur in 2022.

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, Valencia, Vancouver

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

WG 3 : POWER2SHIP Antwerp, Hamburg, Le Havre, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Valencia, Vancouver

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

WG 5 : FACILITIESLong Beach, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Vancouver, Yokohama

Collaboration with stakeholders

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.

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