Zero Carbon Shipping Initiative by 3 Nations and Global Maritime Forum

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  • An initiative to decarbonize the entire maritime value has been started.
  • Governments of the three countries, together with the Global Maritime Forum and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, will spearhead this initiative.
  • The Zero-Emission Shipping Mission is part of Mission Innovation, a global initiative of 22 countries and the European Commission.
  • It aims to catalyze action and spearhead a decade of innovation to drive global investment in clean energy research, development, and demonstrations.

A recent news article published in the Zero Carbon Shipping press release says that Denmark, Norway and the United States to lead zero-emission shipping mission.

Role of three governments

The governments of Denmark, Norway, and the United States, along with the Global Maritime Forum and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, today announced that they will lead a new ZeroEmission Shipping Mission as part of Mission Innovation.

The Mission aims to accelerate international publicprivate collaboration to scale and deploy new green maritime solutions, setting international shipping on an ambitious zero-emission course.

The Mission will also be supported by the governments of India, Morocco, the U.K., Singapore, France, Ghana, and South Korea.

Key goals of the zero-emission shipping mission

The three main goals of the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission are:

• Develop, demonstrate, and deploy zero-emission fuels, ships, and fuel infrastructure in a coordinated fashion along the full value chain.

• By 2030, ships capable of running on hydrogen-based zero-emission fuels—such as green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol, and advanced biofuels—make up at least 5% of the global deep-sea fleet measured by fuel consumption.

• By 2030, at least 200 of these well-to-wake zero-emission fueled ships are in service and utilizing these fuels across their main deep sea shipping routes.

A part of Mission Innovation

The Zero-Emission Shipping Mission is part of Mission Innovation, a global initiative of 22 countries and the European Commission.

It aims to catalyze action and spearhead a decade of innovation to drive global investment in clean energy research, development, and demonstrations.

The goal is to make clean energy affordable, attractive, and accessible for all this decade, to accelerate action towards the Paris Agreement and net zero pathways.

Mission Innovation was announced at COP21 on November 30, 2015, as world leaders came together in Paris to commit to ambitious efforts to combat climate change.

The second phase of Mission Innovation (MI 2.0) launched at the Innovating to Net Zero Summit in Chile on 2nd June 2021.

Call for immediate efforts

Carrying between 80-90% of global trade in a less carbon-intensive manner than other freight transport modes, international maritime shipping nonetheless represents about 2–3% of the world’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions.

Without immediate and concerted efforts, emissions from the sector could increase between 50% and 250% by 2050.

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Source: Zero Carbon Shipping

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