Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
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Carbon Management for Port and Navigation Infrastructure
By the PIANC EnviCom Working Group 188
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This publication is available at: www.pianc.org/publications/envicom/wg188
PIANC’s Working Group (WG) 188 on Carbon Management for Port and Navigation Infrastructure was tasked by PIANC to investigate the carbon footprint of activities related to development, maintenance and operation of navigation channels and port infrastructure including the management of dredged material.
Life-cycle analysis (LCA) and other assessment methods supported this investigation and provided insights into opportunities for improved carbon management.
The group was tasked to highlight exemplary case studies, identify good practices in the management of navigation infrastructure, identify opportunities to engage in carbon-sequestering activities, and summarize means to reduce the carbon footprint of the industry.
When considering developing a carbon management framework for ports and navigation infrastructure, taking proactive steps to effectively manage carbon will help an entity:
In addition, there are unique opportunities to reduce and offset emissions from waterways navigation infrastructure development, including dredging and the beneficial use of dredged sediments, which need to be considered in any carbon management framework for this sector.
The WG188 guidance document was prepared to describe the important considerations when developing a carbon management framework and describes how carbon can be managed, influenced and reported for a navigation infrastructure project or a port with both land-side and water-side considerations.
This document covers aspects of the whole lifecycle of the navigation infrastructure for completeness from design to construction to operations/maintenance and end-of-life considerations.
Content of WG188 Guide on Carbon Management
The WG188 guidance document presents the information relevant when considering the development of a carbon management framework for navigation infrastructure including:
Implemented frameworks at ports and navigational infrastructure are presented as case studies in an appendix to help broaden the navigation community’s understanding of the carbon footprint and sequestration potential of port and navigation infrastructure and activities.
These case studies also present best practices used to address the carbon footprint of navigation channel development and maintenance projects which can differ based on location and context-specific factors. For example, some strategies may rely more on operational changes while others may seek built or natural infrastructure solutions.
Note by the publisher PIANC
The objective of this publication Carbon Management for Port and Navigation Infrastructure is to provide information and recommendations on good practice.
Conformity is not obligatory and engineering judgement should be used in its application, especially in special circumstances.
The document referred to here should be seen as an expert guidance and state of the art on this particular subject.
PIANC disclaims all responsibility in case this report should be presented as an official standard.
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