Green Shipping Corridors Pledged By UK, US, Norway and Netherlands
As decarbonisation becomes more and more of a hot topic, the UK, US, Norway and the Netherlands have pledged to roll out green shipping corridors.
The aim of this agreement is to bring green shipping routes one step closer to reality. This follows on from the Clydebank Declaration at COP26 last year.
The UK, The US and Egypt have specifically agreed to form a special task force. The task force will be made up of together experts in the sector, driving research and development to hopefully bring initiatives into fruition as soon as possible.
“The challenges posed by climate change are clear and the need to decarbonise maritime has never been greater,” said UK Transport Secretary, Mark Harper.
“That’s why we’ve committed to work alongside global partners to clean up the sector, improve air quality in and around our ports and coastal communities, and drive green investment into our economy.
The corridors are being seen as an opportunity for the UK to demonstrate leadership across different sectors in terms of decarbonization, by Ben Murray, CEO of Maritime UK.
“Green Shipping Corridors have the potential to catalyse decarbonisation in the maritime sector by focusing on specific maritime routes,” he said. For global shipping companies, this is a huge step forwards in protecting the industry.
Agreeing on the importance of green shipping corridors, UK Chamber of Shipping CEO Sarah Treseder, commented, “Green corridors can play an essential role in stimulating early action to adopt low and net-zero emission technologies and fuels. Today’s announcement is a welcome step in the international action required to decarbonise shipping.”
Reducing the carbon footprint of the shipping industry is essential to the world economy. Millions of produce are shipped daily all around the world. Every step towards a carbon neutral future counts.
SOURCE: Sea Trade Maritime