IAPH occupies an influential seat at the table of the International Maritime Organization, with both shipping and ports now beginning to open meaningful dialogues together on climate action, digitalization, trade facilitation and environmental performance.
With a permanent presence of our IMO liaison officer in London, IAPH is the port sector’s eyes and ears on all policy and regulatory developments impacting and influencing the industry’s future.
This is becoming increasingly important for our port members, with rapidly evolving legislation at regional and global levels on climate action and emergence of game-changing potential market-based measures.
Through our Climate and Energy technical committee, we establish positions, submissions, and intervention on a variety of IMO committees and initiatives including but not limited to:
- The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), its Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response and the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG)
- The IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 IAPH is an official partner having led the submission made by several members states and NGOs encouraging voluntary cooperation between port and shipping sectors to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
The main initiatives in Climate and Energy are focused on:
- Sharing of best practices, dash boarding the status of port implementations and pilot projects in alternative fuel bunkering infrastructure, onshore power, port call optimization and just-in-time arrival of vessels. This includes auditing tools and guidance documents created by the IAPH Clean Marine Fuels Working Group.
- Development of port incentive schemes to encourage vessel owners to improve overall environmental performance of their fleets. Through its industry-leading Environmental Ship Index (ESI), IAPH now partners with Green Award Foundation as administrators in working with ship owners and owner-operators to assess their emissions performance in terms of nitrogen oxide, sulphur oxide as well as reporting scheme on greenhouse gas emissions. ESI will also incorporate outputs by the IAPH Cruise Emissions at Berth Project Group
- Submissions, capacity building and data gathering on other issues such with emissions such as noise above and below the surface and marine litter.
- Collaboration with industry leadership initiatives such as the Global Maritime Forum’s Getting to Zero Coalition and the World Ports Climate Action Program