Denmark, Norway, and the United States to lead Zero-Emission Shipping Mission

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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 Zero-Emission Shipping Mission as part of Mission Innovation.

The Mission aims to accelerate international public-private 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.

“Through fearless technological innovation, ambitious clean energy deployment, and constructive international collaboration, we can build a net-zero carbon economy that creates millions of jobs and lifts our citizens into greater prosperity,” said Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy.

Carrying 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.

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 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.

The Zero-Emission Shipping Mission is part of Mission Innovation, a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission working to accelerate clean energy innovation. The objective is to help move clean energy solutions from lab to market. 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 leads:  Denmark, United States, and Norway

Denmark (Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities and Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The United States (U.S. Department of Energy)

Norway (Ministry of Climate and Environment)

Global Maritime Forum (representing the Getting to Zero Coalition)

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

The members/partners:

Morocco (Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment)

The United Kingdom (Department for Transport)

India (Ministry of Science and Technology)

Singapore (Maritime and Ports Authority)

The support group:

France (Ministry of the Sea)

Ghana (Ghana Maritime Authority)

South Korea (Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy)

Together, the members will:

Focus on the entire value chain: the ship, the fuel production, and the fuel infrastructure, driving the sector to a tipping point in its transition to well-to-wake zero-emission fuels as soon as possible.

Increase engagement with the private sector to link up decarbonisation efforts across the value chain and promote/facilitate public-private partnerships.

Increase international exchanges and sharing of best practices, including sharing domestic efforts on innovation for zero-emission shipping (e.g. policies, programmes, and public-private partnerships).

Engage in research, development, and demonstration activities that will help accelerate commercial readiness of maritime and energy technologies, paving the way for well-to-wake zero-emission vessels.

In addition, each member will work to develop:

Joint innovation activities with other members, such as shared research projects, and joint calls and programmes.

Joint demonstration projects for commercial-scale deep-sea vessels running on zero-emission fuels.

‘Green corridors’ that provide policy and infrastructure mechanisms to enable first movers in zero-emission shipping.

Simon Kollerup, Danish Minister for Industry, Business, and Financial Affairs said: “In Denmark, we believe a greener future is possible – if we work together. As one of the world’s largest maritime nations, Denmark has initiated the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission, with great partners from the public and the private sector from all over the world. Our common goal is to make zero-emission vessels the natural choice for ship owners when they renew their fleet.”

Sveinung Rotevatn, Norwegian Minister for Climate and Environment said: “The decarbonization of shipping will result in a growing global demand for climate technology in the years ahead. Norway’s and other countries leading position in green shipping can become an important competitive advantage, giving the maritime industry huge growth potential in international markets.”

Johannah Christensen, Managing Director of the Global Maritime Forum said: “Shipping is on the verge of a clean energy revolution. To set the global maritime industry on a climate-aligned course and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, zero-emission vessels need to be the dominant and competitive choice by the end of this decade. The Zero-Emission Shipping Mission will accelerate public and private efforts around the world to make a zero emission fleet a reality by 2030.”

Bo Cerup-Simonsen, Chief Executive Officer of the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping said: “The shipping industry needs to decarbonize to be part of the solution to the climate crisis. It will not be easy, and we don’t have a lot of time, but it is possible and now is the time to act. The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping is all about accelerating the transition by finding solutions through collaboration with partners across the ecosystem. With our partners we are proud and excited to co-lead this very important Zero Emission Shipping Mission.”

Sea News Feature, June 3

Baibhav Mishra
Author: Baibhav Mishra

Associate Editor, Sea News