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CALLS FOR BETTER INCENTIVES AT COP24
Date:2019-01-21 Readers:
Incentives from ports need to be better when it comes to environmental improvement, it was argued at a roundtable centred on ports’ role in decarbonising the maritime transport sector at the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice in Poland.

Speaking at the roundtable at the December event, Claes Berglund, public affairs and sustainability director for Stena Line in Sweden, claimed that ports have the potential to incentivise greener ships with fees, but few are very progressive in this field.

A substantial rebate has to be awarded to shipowners surpassing current environmental legislation, he said, and to further develop this, standards are urgently required so that all ports will have the same criteria.

“I am also waiting for the ports to incentivise on the land side as well — perhaps to give free access to electrical lorries and charge a special fee to those with fossil fuel,” he added.

Lucy Gilliam, aviation and shipping officer at Transport & Environment, said: “We … need to get the incentives right … in order to reduce emissions in port and provide the infrastructure for onshore power supply and electric bunkering, and think about how we can incentivise these zero-emission vessels that we will need to meet that target in 2050.”

She was referring to the International Maritime Organization’s 2050 objective of reducing greenhouse gases by at least 50% by 2050, with a strong emphasis on decreasing to 100% by this date if it can be shown to be possible.

Later, Damien Meadows, advisor on European & International Carbon Markets at the European Commission, also called for “[getting] the incentives right”.

Wei-Shiuen Ng, transport analyst and modeller at the International Transport Forum (ITF), noted that a ports study from her organisation has found that greenhouse gas emissions from port activities are actually very marginal, mainly because the majority of the emissions are down to port equipment.

However, she said: “We do believe that through better incentives, and through the engagement of more ports to increase the current level of incentives, [ports] could actually make a difference in reducing emissions through the improvement of marine vessels.”

Chaired by Mary Crass, head of institutional relations and summit at the ITF, the roundtable was an event from the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action.

It was focused on the connections among oceans, coastal zones and transport in the form of ports and global maritime networks.

https://www.portstrategy.com/news101/environment/calls-for-better-incentives-at-cop24


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