The World Ports Climate Action Program established a work group to help accelerate the use of sustainable low carbon fuels in marine transport through:
- Facilitating collaboration with marine carriers and vessel owners to test sustainable low carbon fuels in inland, coastal and ocean-going vessels
- Raising awareness and understanding of sustainable low carbon fuels by sharing information on industry studies and reports, documenting lessons learned by participating port authorities, and developing guidance for ports and industry
- Working with government and industry to help make sustainable low carbon fuels available and economically viable in ports worldwide
The maritime world is committed to decarbonisation targets set by the International Maritime Organisation. Meeting those targets requires significant research and investment by stakeholders including ports, ship operators, fuel suppliers, governments and more. The appetite for and availability of alternative fuels are vital components of the decarbonisation transition.
In June 2022 the World Ports Climate Action Programme (WPCAP) and the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) Clean Marine Fuels (CMF) group began a collaboration to create the Port Readiness Level for Alternative Fuels for Ships (PRL-AFS) tool. This is a communications tool to help shipping and other port stakeholders understand the evolving alternative fuel capabilities and ambitions of ports.
The PRL-AFS includes a nine-step rating system, check-list for ports and accompanying guidance, as well as a matrix providing at-a-glance information on the readiness of specific ports for individual alternative fuels. The matrix will also underpin the creation of a tool to map out potential green corridors.