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:
The PTGCC is achieving these goals by:
PTGCC work undertaken or activities in progress include