Ten Corporations Pledge To Promptly Adopt Green Hydrogen-Based Fuels


The Joint Statement on Green Hydrogen and Green Shipping, facilitated by the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions and nonprofit RMI, was signed by representatives of the Aspen Shipping Decarbonization Initiative, the Getting to Zero  Coalition, the Green Hydrogen Catapult, the Green Hydrogen Organization (GH2), ACWA Power, A.P. Moller – Maersk, CWP Global, Fortescue Future Industries,  InterContinental Energy, and MAN Energy Solutions.

Scalable emissions

“Our path ahead is clear: shipping must transition away from fossil fuels and toward scalable zero-emissions fuels. Members of the Getting to Zero Coalition and other signatories to this joint statement stand firmly behind this goal and have already taken crucial first steps to make this happen. Commitments today show that there will be a sufficient supply of green fuels and demand for zero-emissions shipping”

..said  Johannah Christensen, CEO of the Global Maritime Forum, and founding partner of the  Getting to Zero Coalition.

“We are energized by the momentum we see in the maritime and hydrogen sectors toward full industry decarbonization on a Paris-aligned timeline,” said Ingrid Irigoyen,  director of the Aspen Shipping Decarbonization Initiative, which facilitates the Cargo  Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV). “Climate-leading cargo owners want zero emissions shipping to not only become available and competitive but to become the new normal,” Irigoyen added.

By bringing suppliers and consumers of green hydrogen into agreement about the urgency of the technology’s adoption in shipping, the joint statement aims to build confidence for the deployment of low-emissions fuel at scale to unlock cost reductions and reduce investment risk.

“We are living in a climate emergency, and we need to rapidly accelerate the global availability of green fuels,” said Henriette H. Thygesen, CEO of Fleet and Strategic  Brands at A.P. Moller – Maersk.

Green shipping corridors

“Access to green hydrogen is an important pathway to secure this important scale-up for the shipping industry as a whole and for us at A.P.  Moller – Maersk to reach our 2040 net-zero target. Operating a large fleet of container vessels, we have made the choice to take an active part in shaping the solutions for the future together with partners. No one can do it alone.”

“This is a target that we can reach. In fact, achieving existing targets set by Green  Hydrogen Catapult members alone would be enough to supply nearly 90% of the green hydrogen needed by the shipping sector by 2030,” said Oleksiy Tatarenko, senior principal at RMI and secretariat of the Green Hydrogen Catapult, a coalition of green hydrogen producers and first movers committed to mobilizing production and demand of the low-carbon energy source in this decade. “To make it happen we need,  among other things, to triple down on planning for green shipping corridors as fuels are  supplied in specific places.”

Good news

Alex Hewitt, CEO of global green hydrogen developer CWP Global and current chair of the Green Hydrogen Catapult, added: “This is a significant step forward for the green hydrogen and shipping industries. We are pleased to bring the heft and commitment of the Catapult companies to accelerate progress this decade toward zero-emissions shipping. The joint statement, as well as last week’s launch of the Green Shipping Challenge, which CWP participated in, are very good news for the planet.”

“Decarbonization of  the marine industry is a mammoth undertaking but, I believe, eminently achievable  through cooperation with like-minded industry partners.”

…said Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions. 

The signatories called on international authorities and national governments to support private-sector commitments with correspondingly ambitious policies. The joint statement specifically asks the International Maritime Organization and member states to commit to a 100% emissions reduction for the maritime sector by 2050 with robust interim targets.

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Source: Safety4Sea


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