In November 2021, the UK will host the COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference, the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, in Glasgow, Scotland. COP26 is the United Nations’ 26th annual conference on climate change running from 31 October to 12 November. It will see world leaders, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden, come together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
In mid-September, the latest United in Science 2021 report from the UN painted a stark picture. It said climate change drivers and impacts are accelerating with not enough action to meet emissions targets. Ports and connecting coastal transport infrastructure form a complex system. Rising mean sea levels and increases in the frequency/intensity of extreme sea levels due to storm surges economic pose significant threats to this complex system. The risk posed by climate change will result in more distributions to supply chains and heavy economic losses for shipping companies.
To support the goals of COP26 and the Paris agreement, companies in the Mersey Maritime sector are leading the way in slashing carbon emissions. For example, Peel Ports has successfully persuaded shipping lines to bypass southern ports and call into the Mersey, significantly cutting road miles. In addition, Bibby Marine is developing a new vessel that will use alternative fuels or technologies.
Adaptation and resilience is the priority to ensure the future of global seaports, which underpin global supply chains. If the sector is to be well-prepared to face these changes, urgent action is needed. Mersey Maritime Ltd is sending a delegation to the COP26 global climate change conference and hosting one of the cornerstone events at the Maritime UK International Maritime Hub to outline how the Liverpool city region’s £4bn maritime sectors are taking the lead on decarbonisation.
Portia Management Services Ltd. General Manager, Colin Jones said: “Portia fully support Mersey Maritime and the drive to decarbonisation and is itself committed to reducing its own carbon footprint.”
Click the link below to find out more about all the fantastic events that Maritime UK are hosting at COP26