2nd workshop on marine black carbon emissions

GHG emissions

This invitation-only workshop was held in Utrecht, Netherlands, on September 16th and 17th, 2015. The International Council on Clean Transportation hosted the workshop in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (IenM) and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). It is the second of three workshops designed to shape a two-year project on marine black carbon (BC) emissions funded by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition(CCAC), an international cooperative partnership of over 40 member nations and more than 50 intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to promote strategies to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, including BC.

The first workshop, held at the Environment Canada River Road Air Quality Laboratory in Ottawa, Canada, in September 2014, brought together 35 in-person participants and multiple remote attendees, representing 21 organizations and 10 countries. One key outcome of the first workshop was a consensus definition of marine BC for research purposes. Another outcome of the first workshop was identifying next steps for appropriate BC measurement and sampling protocols.

This second workshop convened international experts on (1) BC measurement and reporting protocols; (2) BC detection instruments; and (3) BC emissions factors. The ultimate goal of the workshop was achieve consensus on a recommended black carbon measurement approach including appropriate testing protocols, instrumentation, and reporting requirements. These recommendations are being applied in a marine BC testing campaign funded by the ICCT and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD); the recommendations may inform CCAC member state submissions to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on BC measurement.  

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