Shipping emissions to be included in UK carbon budgets?

Shipping emissions to be included in the UK's carbon budgets?

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published a review this week recommending that the UK’s share of international shipping emissions should be included in climate targets and carbon budgets.

An article published by Port Technology International describes how the CCC’s recommends inclusion of shipping emissions in country’s carbon budgets, which could account for up to 11 percent of total emissions permitted under the Climate Change Act by 2050. The article also details how the review also provides a detailed assessment of the UK’s share of current international shipping emissions, projected emissions up to 2050 and estimates of the abatement potential from shipping.

Under the Climate Change Act, it is Parliament that must decide whether to include emissions from international shipping in carbon budgets. The UK’s target to reduce emissions in 2050 by 80% below 1990 levels.

At Cavotec, we always enjoy hearing about innovative technologies that enable the portsairportsmining and tunnelling and general industries to operate more sustainably and work more productively. We shall be following the development of this particular approach with interest.

Image: Martin Pettitt, Wikimedia Commons

Vast vegetated roof installed at Chicago O’Hare Int. Airport

Vast vegetated roof installed at Chicago O'Hare Int. Airport

US giant FedEx Express, the cargo airline of FedEx Corp., has installed a vast vegetated roof as part of an ambitious environmental initiative taking place in Chicago, USA.

The green roof at O’Hare International Airport measures some 175,000 square feet and is one of three FedEx Express has installed at its facilities at the airport, which aim to reduce air pollution and storm water runoff, more than double the average life of a roof to 40-50 year, lower energy costs by 35 percent a year and reduce airport noise.

At Cavotec, we always enjoy hearing about innovative technologies that enable the airportsportsmining and tunnelling and general industries to operate more sustainably and work more productively. We shall be following the development of this particular approach with interest.

Sany Port Machinery, Gottwald Port Technology Join PEMA

Sany Port Machinery has become the first Chinese company to join the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA), along with Germany-based Gottwald Port Technology, further extending the Association’s pool of global professional experience.

“Given the strength of the Chinese port and shipping sectors, Sany’s extensive experience and broad product portfolio make the company an especially valuable source of expertise. We also welcome Gottwald Port Technology – a powerful player in the port equipment market for more than a century,” explains PEMA President, Ottonel Popesco.

Sany Port Machinery produces reach stackers, container handling equipment, yard cranes – including rail-mounted gantry cranes and rubber-tyre mounted gantry cranes – and ship-to-shore cranes.

Tracing its origins back to 1906, Gottwald Port Technology is part of the Demag Cranes group. Gottwald’s product range includes mobile harbour cranes, such as portal harbour cranes and floating cranes, automated guided vehicles for horizontal container movements, automated stacking cranes and wide span gantries.

PEMA provides a forum and public voice for the global port equipment and technology sectors, reflecting their critical role in enabling safe, secure, sustainable and productive ports and thereby supporting world maritime trade.

The Association has steadily expanded its membership in the past three years, with equipment suppliers drawn from all sides of the ports industry. PEMA has also established working groups to focus on key issues for the ports sector within the fields of safety, environment and technology.

PEMA now has 41 member companies including: ABB, Actiw, Advanced Microwave Engineering, APS Technology, Baltkran, Brevetti Stendalto, Brieda Cabins, Bromma, Bureau Veritas, Cargotec, Cavotec MSL, Conductix-Wampfler, Control Techniques, Craneports, Gottwald Port Technology, Hi-Tech Solutions, Hyster Europe, Identec Solutions, ifm electronics, Konecranes, Lasstec, Linde Heavy Truck Division, Liftech Consultants, Loxystem, MAFI Transport-Systeme, Michelin, Nexans, Portek Group, Pintsch Bubenzer, Prysmian, RAM Spreaders, Sany Port Equipment, SICK, Siemens, Stinis, Svetruck, Terberg Benschop, Terex Cranes, Tratos Cavi, TTS Port Equipment and Visy.

13,000 recycled plastic bottles reach Sydney Harbour

Sydney Arrival Ceremony, photo credit: Plastiki photostream

As we have followed Plastiki on the blog here and here, it is no surprise that we want to congratulate them on reaching their final destination – Sydney.  The boat made of entirely recycled materials, including 13,000 plastic bottles successfully completed their 11,000 mile journey from San Francisco.  Though their journey is complete, their mission – to raise awareness about global waste – is far from over.  We hope to see more seaworthy innovations from this crowd.

Read an account of the arrival here or explore their photostream here.

The state of our oceans – from Treehugger

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Over at Treehugger we caught an interesting piece, called “What’s really wrong with our oceans” that was inspired by the Plastiki.

Written by the UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, the piece opens with the observation that, “the epic voyage of Plastiki is bringing into sharp focus the inordinate environmental and economic impact humanity is having on the oceans and seas. While the focus is solid waste, and especially plastic marine litter, the expedition also underlines the myriad of other, sometimes invisible, factors that are accelerating the degradation and decline of fisheries to coastal ecosystems.”

It’s not an idle complaint, but a call to action. Steiner also calls for “governments…to look at science as an ally rather than as a provocation. Industry should view science-based recommendations and conservation-led measures not as a restriction but as an opportunity to re-tune their operations, boost competitive practices and a path towards guaranteeing profitability over short term gains.” We like to think Cavotec has been doing just that with innovations such as MoorMaster and AMP, and hope to continue to do more.

Read more here.

WPCI – the home of onshore power supply

World Ports Climate Initiative’s (WPCI)

One of our favorite new sites is The site was established by the World Ports Climate Initiative’s (WPCI) Onshore Power Supply (OPS) working group in order to provide a wealth of practical information about OPS for seagoing vessels. By replacing onboard-generated power from diesel auxiliary engines with electricity generated onshore, air quality in ports and port cities will improve, due to reduced air pollutants, noise and carbon dioxide.

Think Cavotec’s AMP!