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MEP: Maritime Emissions Portal

Addressing the current lack of available in-port ship emissions data, AUSMEPA are developing the Maritime Emissions Portal, an online platform that will provide transparent, evidence-based vessel emissions data to port stakeholders.  The MEP will allow for the analysis of the impact that emissions have on the port community, and will provide an opportunity to develop projects to help reduce emissions from shipping activity. This will lead to improved air quality and health outcomes for the large portion of the worldwide population that live in port areas, and mitigate the shipping industry’s contribution to global warming to improve our marine environment. 

What’s the Problem?

Shipping is the most widely-used and environmentally efficient form of transport available, responsible for moving over 90% of goods around the world. Given these volumes, shipping’s 2.5% contribution to global CO2 emissions (Third IMO GHG Study, 2014) sounds reasonable. However, this equates to almost one billion tonnes of CO2 per annum, and if shipping was to be compared to a nation, it would be the 6th largest emitter of global CO2 emissions. Without intervention, shipping emissions have been projected to increase from between 50% to 250% by 2050. Ongoing attention and publicity at an international level has seen CO2 emissions from shipping gain increasing prominence at industry forums & conferences with an environmental sustainability focus.

THE ONLINE PORTAL

The Portal will enable users to access emissions data (CO2, SOX, NOX & PM) of individual vessels at berth, at anchor and at a port’s boundary. This data will be transparent and measurable over the course of a day, week, month or a year.

The MEP will rely on three main data sources:

  • Satellite and/or terrestrial data via the Automatic Identification System (AIS)
  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Rating, accessible via www.shippingefficiency.org
  • Criteria Air Pollutant estimations, which are associated with health impacts in and around a port environs.
  • This data will produce an industry-first interactive overview of ship emissions, providing stakeholders with a tool to benchmark emissions or vessels and generate a baseline for improvement over time.

‚ÄčThis data will produce an industry-first interactive overview of ship emissions, providing stakeholders with a tool to benchmark emissions or vessels and generate a baseline for improvement over time.

Google Impact Challenge Finalist

AUSMEPA’s Emissions Portal was selected as one of ten finalists in the 2016 Google Impact Challenge, which awards funding to non-profit innovators with big ideas about how to ‘Use technology to tackle a global issue that makes a better world, faster’. Google awarded over $5 million across 10 organisations to help bring their ideas to life.

AUSMEPA were recognised for their leadership and proactivity in addressing community concerns and providing progressive solutions. The success of the proposal acknowledges the merit of enabling ports and stakeholders to better measure air quality and changing air patterns, for the benefit of our maritime environment. 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Initially trialling and launching within the network of Australian ports, AUSMEPA plans to scale the MEP to a global audience through our international association of Marine Environment Protection Associations (MEPAs). The outcome will be an internationally-delivered project with global impact and reach. Through satellite tracking and a big-data approach, the MEP will connect over 3,000 ports worldwide, improving knowledge of air emissions associated with shipping activities in port, measured over the course of a day, week, month or year. The MEP will rely on three main data sources:

Satellite and/or terrestrial data via Automatic Identification System (AIS) data
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Rating, accessible via www.shippingefficiency.org
Criteria Air Pollutant estimations, which are mainly associated with health impacts in and around a port environs.

CREATING PARTNERSHIPS TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS

AUSMEPA aims to work with the shipping industry to assist it become even more environmentally sustainable. The MEP achieves this with complete transparency. AUSMEPA are collaborating on the MEP with maritime industry specialists RightShip, who provide statistical insights and expertise on maritime safety and sustainability to clients worldwide. RightShip, who also power the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Rating (freely available on www.shippingefficiency.org) have data on over 76,000 vessels worldwide, and expertise in turning big data into useful information. The innovative Maritime Emissions Portal represents a significant undertaking, requiring a collaborative approach from both Australian and international ports and their stakeholders. Having commenced late in 2016, we envisage that this project will take approximately two years to develop and trial.

AUSMEPA’s Emissions Portal was selected as one of ten finalists in the 2016 Google Impact Challenge, which awards funding to non-profit innovators with big ideas about how to ‘Use technology to tackle a global issue that makes a better world, faster’. Google awarded over $5 million across 10 organisations to help bring their ideas to life.

AUSMEPA were recognised for their leadership and proactivity in addressing community concerns and providing progressive solutions. The success of the proposal acknowledges the merit of enabling ports and stakeholders to better measure air quality and changing air patterns, for the benefit of our maritime environment.

Creating partnerships to provide solutions

AUSMEPA aims to work with the shipping industry to assist it become more environmentally sustainable. Initially trialling and launching within the network of Australian ports, AUSMEPA plans to scale the MEP to a global audience through our international group of Marine Environment Protection Associations (MEPAs). The outcome will be an internationally-delivered project with global impact and reach. 

With more than half the world’s population now living in cities, the ability to track emissions from shipping will empower the maritime industry and its regulators to make informed decisions to create healthier, more resilient cities. The innovative Maritime Emissions Portal represents a significant undertaking, requiring a collaborative approach from both Australian and international ports & their stakeholders.

AUSMEPA are collaborating on the MEP with maritime specialists RightShip, who provide statistical insights and expertise on maritime safety and sustainability to clients worldwide. RightShip, who also power the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Rating (provided free-of charge at www.shippingefficiency.org), have existing data on over 76,000 vessels worldwide and expertise in turning big data into valuable information.

Building & trialling the MEP

AUSMEPA have engaged with developers Oceaneering Port Vison to build a prototype during 2017. Oceaneering provides maritime business systems that enhance efficiency, reduce cost, and increase safety and security across the globe. We have also engaged ICF to verify the MEP data methodology to ensure that we provide accurate data to our stakeholders. Having commenced late in 2016, we envisage that this project will take approximately two years to build and trial.

We are currently searching for ports who are interested in trialling the MEP platform. For more information, or to discuss the possibility of becoming a trial port, please contact:

Julie Nash – Executive Officer AUSMEPA

Email: julie.nash@ausmepa.org.au

Phone: 0412 876 109

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