Britain, the host of the COP26 climate change summit 2021, called for absolute zero global shipping emissions by 2050. It also declared the introduction of nonpolluting commercial vessels by the year 2025.
Grant Shapps, the UK’s Transport Secretary, said that the government desires to “chart a course” for cleaner shipping. This announcement was made during the maritime event on the first day of London’s international shipping week.
The zero-emission target needs agreement from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Department for Transport mentioned in one of its statement, observing that shipping accounts for about 3% of total global emissions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration seeks to bring down Britain’s carbon emissions to a total of net zero by 2050.
Shipping majors, buoyed by increasing demand, have begun splashing out cash to expand their fleets with newly built vessels. Owing to this, the renewed shipping capacity is expected to hit a record-breaking level by 2023.
Taking prompt actions now will allow for leading the charge on a massive global shift, creating more highly skilled employment opportunities for British workers and also shaping the future landscape for what clean shipping and trade are expected to appear like for future generations.
Sarah Kenny, chair of Maritime UK, has said that some fantastic technologies are being deployed and developed in the industry. These will also be accelerated in close association with the UK government.
On September 15, the Transport Secretary is going to announce the names of those who have won the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition. Robert Courts, the Maritime Minister, will be at the Port of Southampton for the launch of the newest cruise terminal. It also happens to be the greenest so far.