The Panama Canal commits to becoming carbon-neutral by 2030

The organisation is looking to use more sustainable fuels in its tugboats and says it will begin using solar energy and hydropower

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The Panama Canal has pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

The organisation that manages the waterway has purchased four electric vehicles (EVs) and aims to increase this number until it is no longer reliant on fossil fuel cars and trucks whatsoever. It is also looking to use more sustainable fuels in its tugboats and begin using solar energy and hydropower.

The canal has been measuring its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 2017 using its emissions calculator tool and has also committed to reducing the environmental impact of vessels travelling through.

It has reduced the paperwork needed for international shipments to take place, saving up to 3,260 hours and more than 300,000 paper forms each year.

The organisation says it enabled a reduction of more than 13 million tonnes of carbon equivalent emissions in 2020 by providing shorter routes for ships.

It has also been involved in the reforestation of 12,000 hectares of farmland and claims its actions have helped Panama become one of only three carbon-negative countries in the world.

 

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