12 major ports, including Vancouver, commit to climate action program

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The chief executives and leaders of 12 major ports in the World Port Climate Action Program (WPCAP) have agreed to extend their cooperation with a renewed focus on shore power, new fuels, and green shipping corridors. The agreement, reached at a meeting in Rotterdam, aims to accelerate the adoption of shore power at ports to reduce CO2 emissions and pollutants while vessels are berthed. The ports have planned over 160 connection points with an investment plan exceeding €500 million. The second focus area is facilitating the bunkering and adoption of cleaner fuels. A Port Readiness Framework has been developed to assess the research, development, and deployment of new fuels at ports globally. Green corridor initiatives will facilitate the deployment of low- and zero-carbon vessels on international shipping routes. WPCAP member ports are part of five green corridor initiatives and aim to enable the deployment of sustainable vessels on these routes in the next few years. The program, comprising ports such as Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Long Beach, Vancouver and Rotterdam, acts as a platform for sharing best practices and reducing emissions from the shipping industry.

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