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Ports commit to extend climate action program

May 30, 2023


Chief executives and leaders of 12 major ports in the World Port Climate Action Program (WPCAP) have agreed to extend their cooperation with a new focus on shore power, new fuels and green shipping corridors.

The agreement reached at a meeting in Rotterdam on the occasion of the first five years of the program will see work continued toward faster adoption of shore power at ports, helping to reduce emissions of CO2 and pollutants while ships are at berth.

“We saw a shift from a situation where ports developed a few projects to large scale investment programs – the WPCAP ports present here in Rotterdam are planning more than 160 connection points with a total investment plan of more than €500m. But we’re not there yet: various global ports are still lagging in this area even though studies show that shore power will have a tremendously positive impact, both short term and in the long run,” said Jarl Schoemaker of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

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