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A Sustainable Future

One topic that will define the 2020s is climate change. Already this year we have seen the wealthiest people on the planet descend on Davos, Switzerland, to discuss climate change and the risks it poses for the global economy.

The World Economic Forum has, for the first time, included climate change in the ‘top five risks by likelihood’ in its Global Risk Report.

But what does that mean for the maritime industry, in particular ports? Global shipping is often cited as one of the worst industries for pollution, alongside aviation, however a concerted effort is being made by regulatory bodies to reduce harmful emissions produced by ships.

This edition explores these topics.

Papers in this edition:

Developing a Port Sustainability Index

The success of today’s global economy means we rely on ships, and therefore ports, more than ever to get goods from point A to point B. This growing reliance on international goods has helped make transportation the fastest growing cause of greenhouse gas emissions. Ship emissions are projected to increase as much as 250% by 2050.

Why Will IMO 2020 Save Fewer Lives Than Expected?

One of the aims of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 2020 regulation was to reduce morbidity and premature deaths due to sulphur oxides (SOx). The Finnish Meteorological Institute commissioned the study: “Health Impacts Associated with Delay of MARPOL Global Sulphur Standards.” The authors created two scenarios: “an ‘ontime’ implementation case, which assumed that the fuel oil standard goes into effect in 2020; and a ‘delay’ implementation case, which assumed that the standard is delayed until [January 1] 2025.

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