Canada Positioned To Be A Pioneer In Maritime Decarbonization

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Canada could reap numerous benefits from investing in infrastructure that would enable the uptake of low and zero emissions shipping fuels, according to a new study from global sustainable development consultancy Arup carried out in partnership with Lloyd’s Register (LR) Maritime Decarbonisation Hub.

Reductions In Marine Sector

Canada aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and it is developing a national action plan, called the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan, to align emissions reductions in the marine sector with this goal. Additionally, the government is taking direct measures to reduce emissions from its own vessels, and it has developed ‘Canadian Green Shipping Corridors Framework to support these commitments.

The study The Canadian Green Shipping Corridor Assessment was commissioned by Oceans North, a charity that supports marine conservation and climate action in partnership with Indigenous and coastal communities, and the Vancouver Maritime Centre for Climate. The study created examples of illustrative fuel production pathways for three Canadian ports: Vancouver, Prince Rupert, and Halifax. The study explored the potential development of low and zero-emission fuel uptake across different scenarios to estimate the size, type and cost of the infrastructure required. The study finds that a 200ktpa green methanol plant in the Port of Vancouver has the capacity to meet 2040 energy demands. It also finds that a carbon capture and storage enabled ammonia plant would be able to meet 2040 energy demands in the Port of Prince Rupert.

Uniting Stakeholders

“Canada has the mindset, talent, and renewable energy landscape to build a coalition that demonstrates zero-emission shipping. We must now unite stakeholders across the entire port supply chain with green shipping corridors – acting as catalysts to eliminate challenges…” Ginger Garte, Environmental and Sustainability Director, Americas, Lloyd’s Register, said. At least four green shipping corridor announcements involving Canadian ports have been made, and there is an opportunity to build on this early progress and establish Canada as a leader in maritime decarbonization.

Namely, the Port of Antwerp and the Port of Montreal are collaborating to create a transAtlantic green shipping corridor, and the Halifax Port Authority and the Hamburg Port Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the development of a green corridor. The Pacific Northwest to Alaska Green Corridor Project is examining the feasibility of a green corridor connecting Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington. 

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Source: Offshoreenergy


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