Transport Day at COP26 started with the launch of Clydebank Declaration, which aims to support the establishment of zero-emission maritime routes between 2 (or more) ports.
Namely, the signatories of the Declaration will boost the development of at least 6 green corridors by the middle of this decade, while scale activity up in the following years, by inter alia supporting the establishment of more routes, longer routes and/or having more ships on the same routes.
Until now, the Declaration’s signatories include:
- Costa Rica
- the Marshall Islands
- the Netherlands
- New Zealand
- the UK
- the US
It is our aspiration to see many more corridors in operation by 2030. We will assess these goals by the middle of this decade, with a view to increasing the number of green corridors.
..the Declaration notes.
Today, Ministers and CEOs met to launch the Clydebank Declaration, part of the #ZeroEmissionShipping Mission, to support the establishment of ‘green shipping corridors’ and spark an evidence-based, collaborative discussion on the next steps in enabling a #Green shipping future. pic.twitter.com/ekn89CvADQ
— Mission Innovation (@MICleanEnergyRD) November 10, 2021
What is more, signatories of this Declaration assert the need for the formation of an international coalition between ambitious governments, to act together and demonstrate that maritime decarbonisation is possible, while unlocking new business opportunities and socioeconomic benefits for communities across the globe.
In the pursuit of the above-mentioned goals, signatories pledge to:
- facilitate the establishment of partnerships, with participation from ports, operators and others along the value chain, to accelerate the decarbonisation of the shipping sector and its fuel supply through green shipping corridor projects
- identify and explore actions to address barriers to the formation of green corridors. This could cover, for example, regulatory frameworks, incentives, information sharing or infrastructure
- consider the inclusion of provisions for green corridors in the development or review of National Action Plans
- work to ensure that wider consideration is taken for environmental impacts and sustainability when pursuing green shipping corridors.
Concluding, in supporting the establishment of green corridors, signatories recognise that fully decarbonised fuels or propulsion technologies should have the capability to not add additional GHGs to the global system through their lifecycle, including production, transport or consumption.
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