Port of Québec signs carbon cutting deal

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The Port of Québec has signed a new deal to benefit from RightShip’s greenhouse gas (GHG) rating tool in a bid to cut carbon emissions.

RightShip’s GHG Rating provides a transparent method to assess the relative efficiency of vessels and compare a ship’s CO2 emissions relative to peer vessels of a similar size and type.

Under its EcoCargo initiative, the Port of Québec will now offer discounts on port fees to vessels, dependent on their GHG Rating. This initiative is designed to drive shipping decarbonisation through fee reduction incentives based on RightShip data and aims to reduce potentially harmful effects on local populations and environment, ultimately creating a safer landscape with improved air quality.

As Port of Québec CEO Mario Girard explained: “Environmental management is more than just an obligation for us: it’s a civic responsibility and business priority as well.

“It is our profound conviction that the long-term development of the maritime industry is directly linked to the way ports and other industry actors prioritise innovative environmental measures as they conduct business.

Tam Pham, Senior Sustainability Advisor at RightShip, added: “We’re proud to be driving reporting that can incentivise the maritime industry to increase its energy efficiency through the EcoCargo scheme with the Québec Port Authority.

“While government incentives are key for decarbonisation, ports and terminals also shoulder the responsibility of making zero-harm shipping cost-effective, in an industry which can often see a lag between innovation and uptake due to long lead times on vessel upgrades and retrofits.”

RightShip has further announced that talks are underway to initiate similar programmes across South America and the Asia-Pacific region.

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