Signatories of the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonisation urge world leaders to align shipping with the Paris Agreement temperature goal to decarbonise global supply chains.
Over 150 industry leaders and organisations of the private sector say that they are already taking steps through this target and ask for governments to take action by delivering the policies that will make zero emissions for international shipping the default choice by 2030 and enable full decarbonisation by 2050.
In conjunction with the UN General Assembly and ahead of critical climate negotiations at Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this November, the industry players will call on governments to work together, in order to deliver the policies and investments needed to reach critical tipping points in decarbonising global supply chains and the global economy, according to a joint statement.
"Full decarbonisation of international shipping is urgent and achievable," is the message from industry organisations that represent the entire maritime value chain, including shipping lines, energy and finance companies, ports and infrastructure firms, such as Maersk, BHP, BP, Citi, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Euronav, GasLog, Hapag-Lloyd, Lloyd’s Register, Danaos, Mitsui OSK Lines, MSC, Panama Canal Authority, Port of Rotterdam, Shell and Volvo.
Ships transport around 80% of global trade and account for about 3% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In 2018, the United Nations' (UN) International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted an initial GHG strategy aiming to eliminate international shipping’s total annual GHG emissions by at least 50% of 2008 levels by 2050. The strategy is set to be revised in 2023.
Shipping needs to decarbonise and thereby help to limit the impacts of climate change and this requires strong industry coalitions and regulatory measures that support the development and production of zero-carbon fuels and technology, according to Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO at Hapag-Lloyd.
"Now is the time to raise our ambitions and align shipping worldwide" stated Chief Executive Officer of Citi, Jane Fraser, who pointed out that with the support of strong public policy measures, "we can accelerate our collective efforts to decarbonise the global economy."
The private sector is already taking concrete actions to decarbonise shipping with actions such as investing in Research, Development & Deployment (RD&D), pilot projects, ordering and building vessels operated carbon neutrally, buying zero-emission shipping services, investing in the production of net-zero emission fuels, investing in port and bunkering infrastructure, and assessing the climate alignment of shipping-related activities, according to the statement.
"For the world to decarbonise, shipping must decarbonise," highlighted Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, CEO, Fleet & Strategic Brands of AP Moller - Maersk, who noted that in order to make such investments, "we need a market-based measure to close the competitiveness gap between fossil and zero-emission fuels of today and the carbon-neutral fuels of tomorrow."
"Policymakers have a historic opportunity to accelerate the decarbonisation process by introducing a global carbon levy on marine fuels, to drive decarbonisation and incentivise investment in zero-emissions fuels and vessels," commented Jeremy Weir, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Trafigura.
Signatories of the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonisation have three fundamental requests from world leaders. Firstly, they ask to decarbonising international shipping by 2050 and deliver a clear and equitable implementation plan to achieve this when adopting the IMO GHG Strategy in 2023.
Secondly, the 150 organisations demand support in industrial scale zero-emission shipping projects through national action, for instance by setting clear decarbonisation targets for domestic shipping.
The third requirement is policy measures that will make zero-emission shipping the default choice by 2030, including meaningful market-based measures, taking effect by 2025.
The Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonisation has been developed by a multi-stakeholder taskforce convened by the Getting to Zero Coalition – a partnership between the Global Maritime Forum, the World Economic Forum, and Friends of Ocean Action.
Port of Antwerp CEO, Jacques Vandermeiren said that the port will enable the energy transition by integrating zero-carbon fuels in its fleet and by facilitating bunker regulation and infrastructure for all other vessels.”
In addition, the CEO at Port of Rotterdam Authority, Allard Castelein stated that the port is committed to achieving net-zero CO2 emissions in 2050 whilst having a positive impact on the economy, society and planet, as the challenges associated with this transition are huge.