The World Ports Climate Action Program focuses on the following specific actions:

  • Increase efficiency of supply chains using digital tools;
  • Advance common and ambitious (public) policy approaches aimed at reducing emissions within larger geographic areas;
  • Accelerate development of in-port renewable power-2-ship solutions and other zero emission solutions;
  • Accelerate the development of commercially viable sustainable low-carbon fuels for maritime transport and infrastructure for electrification of ship propulsion systems;
  • Accelerate efforts to fully decarbonize cargo-handling facilities in our ports.


The Port Authority organisations called the shipping industry and other ports as well to join the commitment to deliver on the Paris Agreement and work together on actions that can provide measurable results.

To increase the impact of the program, the port authority network asked governments and regulators to adopt global policies for CO2 pricing and provide funding support to relevant R&D and pilot projects.

The participants in the World Ports Climate Action Program will cooperate with stakeholders inside and outside the maritime sector. As a first action, the partners will establish a work plan. They will use the World Ports Sustainability Program to communicate progress of this Climate Action program.

Allard Castelein stated:

The Paris Agreement has set a clear target: we need to limit global warming to well below 2°C. It is vital in this context to reduce the emissions generated by maritime transport.