UK calls for a global net zero shipping industry

The UK has called for zero global shipping emissions by 2050. 

Marking London International Shipping Week, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced today (September 13) plans to lead the net-zero targets for shipping.

This target, which would need to be agreed through the International Maritime Organisation, would be a significant increase of ambition for the sector, which is currently accountable for 3% of global emissions. 

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said: ‘As a maritime nation with a rich history, and host of COP26 this year, we are proud to be at the forefront of the greener era for maritime, charting an international course for the future of clean shipping.

‘I’m incredibly excited by the changes happening in this sector, with the speed of progress highlighted by the prospect of zero-emission commercial vessels in UK waters in the next few years and green Channel crossings within a decade.

‘Taking action now allows us to lead the charge on this global shift, creating highly-skilled jobs for British workers and shaping the landscape for what clean shipping and trade will look like for future generations.’

red and white cargo ship at middle of ocean

Throughout the week Ministers and industry will be leading a host of events taking stock of the sector’s progress. This will begin with a Ministerial roundtable at the Foreign Office today, where leaders from across the sector will discuss how to level up all parts of the UK with a focus on its decarbonisation, coastal communities and port towns and industries.

At a speech on Wednesday, Grant Shapps will also announce the winners of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition. 

The Department will also publish its Biennial Report on Tuesday, outlining the strength of the sector, the next phase for its recovery from the pandemic, and progress on our ambitious Maritime 2050 strategy.

In related news, Environment Journal investigates the true air pollution cost of our online shopping habits.

Photo by Chris Pagan


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