Permanent Task Group on Climate Change

Who we are

  • Chairperson: Mrs Jan Brooke (UK) 
  • Secretary: Mr Brian Joyner (USA)
  • Countries represented include USA, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, UK, Australia, Finland, South Africa, India, Spain, France, Norway, Brazil, Austria and Japan
  • Five Partner Organisations are represented:
  1. International Association of Dredging Companies IADC
  2. International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)
  3. International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA)
  4. International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)
  5. Inland Navigation Europe (INE)

Why the PTGCC was established

Significant changes in climate and their impacts are visible globally and are expected to become more pronounced in the coming decades. Climate change will have impacts on human life, natural environment and economic activities, including the navigation sector. Given the global nature of climate change, different nations, sectors and organizations must all work together to develop methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.

PIANC recognises the importance of the climate change challenge and will actively pursue the sustainable future of the waterborne transport industry by supporting its members in addressing this challenge.

Following the 2008 publication of the Task Group 3 report ‘Climate Change and Navigation – Waterborne Transport, Ports and Waterways: A Review of Climate Change Drivers, Impacts, Responses and Mitigation’ PIANC concluded that ongoing action was needed to monitor and respond to the evolving challenges of the changing climate.  A cross-commission Permanent Task Group on Climate Change (PTGCC) was therefore set up with the following objectives:

Goals of the PTGCC

  • To inform PIANC on how navigation may be affected by climate change.
  • To advise PIANC on where and how adaptation and mitigation actions need to be taken so that the necessary actions and investment can be performed in a proactive way.
  • To provide a common and basic platform to support all the PIANC commissions in building up their work plans regarding climate change.
  • For more information on the goals of the PTGCC, see the Terms of Reference

The PTGCC is achieving these goals by:

  • Supporting other technical Working Groups, including on adaptation and mitigation to build on the foundation provided by the TG3 report ;
  • Facilitating the appointment of Climate Change Champions to consolidate collaboration with the PIANC commissions on climate change related topics, and contributing to ongoing work
  • Participating and coordinating with other sectors and stakeholders on climate change issues and responses, for example via the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative 
  • Monitoring navigation-related activities undertaken by other organisations, for example on climate change mitigation for vessels

What we do?

PTGCC work undertaken or activities in progress include

  • Overseeing publication of WG 178 report on adaptation planning and WG 188 on carbon management 
  • Contribution to TG 193 on resilience 
  • Preparation of the PIANC Declaration on Climate Change
  • Organisation of session at Smart Rivers Conference 2019 on Climate Change and Extreme Weather 
  • Updating of TG3 report on Climate Change and Navigation 
  • Providing PIANC input to the activities of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative 
  • Drafting recommendations for dealing with climate change uncertainties in waterborne transport infrastructure investment (in progress)
  • Reflections on ‘lessons learned’ for climate change resilience from the COVID-19 pandemic (in progress)