The maritime consultancy launched the Carbon Positive Programme for Ports, which it says will help ports manage their energy and natural resource requirements and reduce their carbon footprint, ultimately contributing to carbon emissions reduction targets for the shipping industry as a whole. The program encourages ports to reduce emissions as much as possible and become carbon neutral through offsetting.
CPPP also aims to help port operators and their users gain public recognition for their environmental performance by promoting the decarbonization of ports’ logistics and supply chains.
The announcement follows November’s launch of the Carbon Positive Programme for Ships (CPPS). Carbon Positive says environmental CSR is becoming increasingly significant for ports and their stakeholders, including terminal operators, refineries and logistics partners, as financial institutions.
CPPP will measure, manage and report CO2 emissions on an annual basis against pre-agreed targets set in partnership with port authorities. It will present each participating port with a list of technological and operational options for reducing carbon emissions, along with quantitative cost-benefit analysis.
Member ports’ carbon reduction efforts will be independently verified, and after meeting the requirements of each program phase, members will be awarded with a certificate recognizing their carbon reduction efforts. Carbon Positive will also support member ports in marketing their sustainability plans.
Last July the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization adopted the first mandatory greenhouse gas reduction rules for the shipping industry. At the time Carbon Positive said the measures are expected to slow growth in shipping emissions rather than creating actual reductions.