About The Toolbox
Navigating the Tool Box

Welcome to the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) Air quality and Greenhouse Gas Tool Box. The purpose of this Tool Box is to provide ports, both members and non members of the IAPH, quick access to the tools needed to start the planning process for addressing port-related air quality and climate change issues.

Balancing port operations and development with environmental considerations can be challenging, especially with issues like air quality and climate change that are complex and evolving.  This Tool Box provides information on air and climate issues and their relationship to port and maritime activities.  Based on actual port experiences, it describes strategies to reduce emissions and guidance on how to develop a Clean Air Program and a Climate Protection Plan.  Strategies such as repowering older engines, applying effective technologies for efficiency and emission control, and using alternative and cleaner fuels in maritime operations will dramatically reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.  Undertaking such bold strategies will improve local air quality, safeguard public health, and protect ports and the planet from the effects of climate change.

Every port in every country has different needs and capabilities.  The resources in this toolbox are intended to help initiate, inspire, and inform your internal discussions about what course of action is right for you.  You are invited to explore this Tool Box and join other ports around the world in seeking solutions to these challenging problems.

About The Toolbox

In prior years, this Tool Box has dealt primarily with the reduction of air emissions associated with local health impacts; however, with the increased concern for the effects of global climate change, the Tool Box has been expanded to include additional tools focusing on greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation. 

In April 2008, the IAPH requested its Port Environment Committee, in consultation with regional Port Organizations, provide a mechanism for assisting the ports in mitigating climate change.  Through this request, in July 2008 a group of 55 ports from all over the world adopted the C40 World Ports Climate Declaration to work together to reduce the threat of global climate change.  This group is now known as the World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI).  

The mission of the WPCI is to:

In support of this mission, the WPCI has developed a website and formed subgroups focusing on “Themes” that will provide guidance to ports looking to monitor and reduce their GHG emissions.  These themes currently include:

The Tool Box complements and supports the WPCI website by providing a resource for GHG case studies and emission reduction strategies.  As with an priority pollutant inventory, establishing a carbon footprint will guide ports to strategies that have the greatest reduction potential at their facility.  The WPCI Carbon Footprinting Working Group is currently preparing a Guidance Document that will assist ports interested in developing their carbon footprint. 

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Navigating the Tool Box

This Tool Box is constructed with two main sections: air quality and greenhouse gases.  These topics are accessible from tabs on the main page.  The additional tab, “Integration,” describes how and when strategies from each of the toolboxes create “co-benefits;” strategies that accomplish the goals of both subjects.  Links embedded among many of the strategies in each toolbox also provide a path for understanding co-benefits.   Key sections of each Tool Box are described below:

Priority Pollutants Tool Box
Learn what ports are doing to improve air quality through successful clean air programs. Click "Case Studies" to learn more about port clean air programs.

Looking to reduce diesel emissions from cargo handling equipment or trucks?  There are a number of strategies that can help you improve air quality. Click "Improving Air Quality Through Effective Strategies" to learn more.

Ready to create your own port clean air program?  This Tool Box provides steps you can take to begin putting your program into action. Click "Creating Your Clean Air Program" to get started!

Need information on engine standards, air quality monitoring or a glossary of terms? This Tool Box provides valuable resources to help address questions you might have. Visit our "Air Quality Tools and Resource Library."

Greenhouse Gas Tool Box
Learn about the International Context for efforts to curb the threat of climate change and how international maritime and other partnerships are supporting the cause.  

Learn about ways to reduce your carbon emissions in “Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions”.

Start creating your own GHG plan using information and approaches described in “Developing a Climate Protection Plan.”

Share your port’s experiences and projects by filling in a simple form -- or find out what others are doing in the “Climate Change Project Forum.”

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