CO2 emissions from ships and seaports reach the highest rate since 2008

The global supply chain crisis is has meant that Co2 emissions from ships and seaports has reached its highest level since 2008.

Emissions at four of the world’s largest ports are up 79 per cent since the start of the pandemic, according to a study conducted by Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.

Currently, maritime shipping currently accounts for three per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, a higher rate than planes.

Experts believe that if the current trend continues, it could reach 17 per cent and over by 2050.

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Pollutant emissions have risen as an unfortunate byproduct of the increased consumer demand during the pandemic and its lockdowns, however the issue has been made worse by the historic levels of congestion at the world’s biggest ports.

This was also exacerbated the Ever Given’s blockage of the Suez Canal.

The ports backlogs have contributed to prolonged turnaround times and extended periods of idling where ships continue to emit harmful gases into the atmosphere, the report read.

The report also highlighted the increased rate of emissions (22 per cent).

“Lockdown measures and other Covid-19 restrictions on human activity have upended the landscape for the shipping sector and significantly affected the operating patterns of maritime and trade, revealing significant increases in pollutant emissions in the seaports in our study,” NTU School of Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Adrian Law Wing-Keung wrote in the report.

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