Expanded Panama Canal reduced more than 17 million tons of CO2
In the first year of operation of the Expanded Panama Canal contributed to a reduction of more than 17 million tons of carbon dioxide. In combination with panamax locks, more than 35 million tons were cut, equivalent to 60,000 hectares of forest.
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reaffirmed its commitment to combat global warming as a green and efficient route for the shipping industry.
The expansion of the interoceanic route came on June 26, 2017, to its first year in operations exhibiting the figure that more than 1,500 neopanamax ships, with triple cargo capacity, crossed in that period.
The data were presented by the ACP during the 71st Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The meeting was held in London, England where it brought together the entire maritime community to discuss the energy efficiency of ships and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
ACP environmental protection specialist Alexis Rodríguez said that “considering the new IMO strategy, the Panama Canal remains committed to reducing its impact on the environment to combat global warming, as we have done since the Canal Was inaugurated 102 years ago. “
The ACP delegation participated in working groups on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships and the second on technical and operational measures to improve the energy efficiency of global shipping.