Sarbananda Sonowal, India’s Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, reportedly declared the country’s first-ever National Centre of Excellence for Green Port and Shipping an initiative by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping for greener solutions.
India is working on increasing the share of renewable energy to 60% of the power demand of each of the major ports from a share of below 10%. This will be via wind- and solar-generated generated power.
The authorities of Paradip Port, Deendayal Port Kandla, Paradip, Thoothukudi and Cochin Shipyard Limited, and V.O Chidambaranar Port have decided to extend their support to the ministry in setting up this centre. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is going to be the implementation and also the knowledge partner for the project.
The Minister also mentioned that the centre would provide policy and regulatory support to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways to develop a regulatory framework and facilitate the adoption of an alternate technology roadmap for Green Shipping. This will help foster a circular economy (CE) and carbon neutrality in India’s shipping sector. He then thanked the project stakeholders for hedging the resources toward a critical aspect of the industry.
By 2030, the major ports have aimed to lower Carbon emissions per ton of cargo, reportedly handled by 30%. The Maritime Vision Document 2030, released by India’s prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a 10-year blueprint of India’s vision of a vibrant blue economy and sustainable Maritime sector. India got selected as the first nation under the IMO Green Voyage 2050 assignment to conduct a pilot project on Green Shipping.
References: Live Mint, Jagran Josh, Saur Energy