Maritime leaders call for government support for decarbonization

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Posted on Oct 27, 2021 6:18 PM by

The maritime executive

Days before the start of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, leaders from all sectors of the maritime industry gathered to call on governments and international regulators to take decisive action to support decarbonization of maritime transport. Saying that they recognize the urgency of their efforts and believe that decarbonization is achievable, the shipping industry is collectively urged on governments to work with the industry to implement the policies and investments needed to achieve the points. critical shifts in the decarbonization of global supply chains and the global economy. .

More than 200 industry leaders and organizations have signed the Call to Action for Decarbonizing Shipping developed by the Getting to Zero coalition, a partnership between the World Maritime Forum, the World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action . Shipping companies and operators have partnered with services and advice and ports as well as the finance, energy, maritime customer manufacturing, shipbuilding and infrastructure sectors, united in their appeal. to action.

“With the Call to Action, leaders across the maritime value chain are sending a strong signal to governments meeting in Glasgow next week that it is time to raise their ambitions and commit to fully decarbonise the international shipping by 2050. If governments want to be climate heroes at COP26, they must also be climate heroes in the International Maritime Organization, where urgent action is needed to place international shipping on a fair and equitable course aligned with Paris, ”said Johannah Christensen, Executive Director of the World Maritime Forum.

Fears have been expressed that the IMO will lose its leadership role in shaping the policy of decarbonizing maritime transport. Many regulators and authorities around the world are working to create a patchwork of initiatives to oversee the shipping industry. In the report with the call to action, they also detail the range of efforts made by individual companies to address the challenges. The report says measuring and reporting emissions data was the first step towards decarbonization and more than half of signatories say they have started or are participating in research, development and demonstration efforts.

The industry recognizes that zero-emission and zero-emission capable vessels should be ordered, with more than a quarter of respondents saying they have already taken steps to order new vessels. However, they also identify the need for shippers to use zero-emission services throughout the supply chain as well as the need to invest in creating zero-emission fuels and building the infrastructure of bunkering to support the industry’s transition.

“The call to action demonstrates that there is broad industry support for the decarbonization of shipping and shows the many actions and commitments that are already being taken by companies,” said the report. It also specifies what governments need to fully decarbonize the sector by 2050.

Specifically, the signatories call on governments to commit to decarbonizing international shipping by 2050. To achieve this, they say governments are working with the IMO to put in place policy measures that will make shipping zero. Emission the default choice by 2030. Support, they say, is needed for zero-emission shipping projects on an industrial scale through national action.

The initiative led by the World Maritime Forum launched the call to action for the UK presidency of COP26 ahead of the opening of the COP26 conference on October 31. Directly after the meeting, which runs through November 12, the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is due to meet to consider a wide range of initiatives aimed at industry’s efforts to decarbonize. The IMO has been under pressure to act from a wide range of governments and organizations, with many saying the IMO’s 50% targets by 2050 are too long and not strong enough. The EU, for example, is moving forward with its EU fuel design proposals to speed up adoption of alternative fuels, while the US and others have said the industry needs to be globally carbon neutral by 2050.

Signatories to the Call to Action for Decarbonizing Shipping include major shipping companies AP Moller-Maersk, BW LPG, Cargill Ocean Transportation, Carnival Corporation, Hapag-Lloyd, Mitsui OSK Lines, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and d ‘others. Large segments of the maritime industry participating in the initiative also include BP, Citi, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Lloyd’s Register, Panama Canal Authority, Port of Rotterdam and others.

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