Bryan Comer on the carbon impact of shipping

Comer, a researcher at the International Council on Clean Transportation, discusses shipping, air pollution, and regulation.

June 14, 2018

In the first presentation of the League’s sea shipping and climate change event, Bryan Comer of the International Council on Clean Transportation talks about the complex systems that have allowed the shipping industry’s carbon emissions to go unregulated.

For a primer on the carbon impact of shipping (and aviation), watch a commissioned video by Professor Alice Larkin of the University of Manchester and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, which was presented as the introduction to this session.

Comer is a senior researcher in the International Council on Clean Transportation’s marine program. His research informs policies that reduce the environmental and human health impacts of air pollution, including black carbon, from marine vessels and ports. He specializes in marine and port emissions inventories and in modeling the economic, environmental, and energy use tradeoffs of freight transportation policies.

Comer holds a PhD in environmental science and policy from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, as well as an MS and BS in public policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

As part of the The Five Thousand Pound Life: Transportation, Connection and its Costs: Sea Shipping and Climate Change was a discussion on rethinking transportation modes and their collective impact on greenhouse gas emissions organized by The Architectural League in June 2018. The series focused on air and sea in the spring of 2018 and will continue with two events on land-based transit in the fall of 2018.

The Five Thousand Pound Life is the League’s ongoing initiative to rethink our collective future through design in the face of climate change.