Global Shipping and the Climate Challenge

Cargo Ship - eventsApproximately 80-percent of world trade is carried by sea – everything from the cars we drive and the food we eat to the televisions in our homes.

But this form of transportation is a major contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change. What steps are being taken to reduce the maritime industry’s carbon footprint and develop a more sustainable industry?

Similarly, how is climate change affecting this vital link to the global economy? Given the potential economic implications of climate-related damage, disruption and delay, building the climate-resilience of global ports is of strategic economic importance.

Metcalf Institute will explore these issues at a free public lecture on Thursday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. in Weaver Auditorium, located in the Coastal Institute on the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus, 1 Greenhouse Road.

The featured speaker, Regina Asariotis of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), will discuss climate change impacts and adaptation approaches for international shipping ports and other key components of coastal transportation infrastructure, such as airports in small island developing states.

Asariotis is a Senior Legal Officer and Chief of the Policy and Legislation Section in the Division on Technology and Logistics of UNCTAD in Geneva, Switzerland where her work focuses on maritime transport law and policy. She has also authored numerous publications on these topics and is co-author of the book, Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge.

The lecture is co-hosted with the URI Department of Marine Affairs and is part of Metcalf Institute’s 20th anniversary