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Shipping Emissions Portal

Addressing the current lack of available ship emissions data, AUSMEPA are developing a Shipping Emissions Portal which will enable ports and their stakeholders to measure, in real time, the air quality and changing air patterns throughout their port environs.

AUSMEPA's Shipping Emissions Portal will give users the ability to understand ship sourced greenhouse gas emissions associated with their local ports.

Initially launching in Australia, AUSMEPA plans to scale the Shipping Emissions Portal to a global level. This web-based portal will be a model for all ports worldwide to estimate and understand the emissions profile of vessels calling at their port.

What's the problem?

Shipping is the most widely-used and environmentally efficient form of transport available, responsible for transporting over 90% of goods around the world. Given these volumes, shipping's 2.5% contribution to global CO2 emissions (Third IMO GHG Study, 2014), could be considered relatively reasonable.

However, this equates to almost one billion tonnes of CO2 per annum, and if shipping were to be compared to a nation, it would be the 6th largest emitter of global CO2 emissions.

Continued unabated, shipping emissions have been projected to increase between 50% to 250% by 2050. Fortunately, there has been recent progress at the international level to devise a road map to address future growth in CO2 emissions from international shipping.

How can AUSMEPA help?

International shipping was excluded from the COP21 Paris agreement to keep global warming to less than 2% of pre-industrial levels, and while some progress on industry wide CO2 reduction measures has been made, the maritime industry has not yet been able to agree on targets.

International shipping is inextricably linked to global trade – responsible for the carriage of 90% of world trade – and will continue to play a critical role in lifting global living standards for generations to come. Therefore, it is so important that the shipping industry can act to reduce its emissions.

In keeping with our role to assist the shipping industry act on environmental sustainability, AUSMEPA is taking a leadership role in addressing community concerns and providing solutions. This is an opportunity to be more proactive and progressive and take on a global leadership role.

AUSMEPA's Shipping Emissions Portal will empower all stakeholders, including governments and the shipping sector, with a unique opportunity to define priority projects aimed at reducing ship-source emissions – a significant contributor to global warming.

By commencing this project within our own network of 55 Australian ports, through our international association of Marine Environment Protection Associations (MEPAs) we can scale it up to be a truly global project that has a truly global impact.

How does it work?

Through satellite tracking and a big-data approach, the Shipping Emissions Portal will connect over 3,000 ports worldwide in 179 countries, improving knowledge of air emissions associated with shipping activities in port. This can be measured over the course of a day, week, month or year.

The data sources will be utilised to produce the first interactive view of ship emissions within ports at a global scale, and understand baseline emissions and benchmark the emissions of vessels calling at ports.

The Shipping Emissions Portal will rely on three main data sources:

  1. Satellite tracking via Automatic Identification System (AIS) data (AUSMEPA welcomes proposals from potential partners / suppliers of this data)
  2. Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Rating. Accessible via www.shippingefficiency.org, this easy-to-interpret rating provides ship-specific CO2 emissions on over 76,000 oceans going vessels.
  3. Criteria Air Pollutant estimations. Criteria air pollutants are mainly associated with health impacts in and around ports environs, and an approach has been developed in-line with relevant regulation linked to fuel type, engine efficiency and vessel features.

Working together to provide solutions

AUSMEPA are working with maritime industry specialists RightShip, who provide statistical insights and expertise on maritime safety and sustainability to clients worldwide.

RightShip, who also powers 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 Shipping Emissions Portal represents a significant undertaking which requires a collaborative approach from both Australian and international ports and their stakeholders. Commencing late in 2016, we envisage that this project will take approximately two years to develop and trial.

AUSMEPA welcomes enquiries and proposals regarding potential partnerships for the Shipping Emissions Portal: please contact AUSEMEPA's Executive Officer, Julie Nash.