DNV has released a white paper which studies India’s potential to deliver a sustainable future for its maritime industry. Commissioned by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Mumbai, the ‘Indian Coastal Green Shipping Programme’ white paper offers recommendations based on the experience from Norway to build a greener shipping sector, while providing an effective framework for collaboration.
he paper comes amid closer cooperation between India and Norway, which are historic maritime trading partners, to enable a future green shipping sector and achieve common goals through bilateral dialogue.
The white paper outlines 13 key recommendations based on DNV’s analysis of India’s maritime sector and how it can build upon the experiences from the Norwegian Green Shipping Programme, a centrepiece of the country’s shift to a greener industry.
The recommendations include:
- Set national climate targets and political ambitions for domestic shipping
- Establish maritime clusters and increase cooperation between industry actors throughout the value chain
- Developing short-term and long-term plans for green coastal shipping
- Create markets for green technology
- Reinforce shipowners’ financial capacity and access to capital
- Establish infrastructure for green shipping
- Train the workforce to adapt to greener technologies
- Pilot green projects for short-sea shipping and inland waterways
- Inclusion of zero-emission transport requirements in public procurement processes
- Introduce CO2 fund and support schemes
- Maximum utilization of multi-modal transportation
- Continued investment in R&D and coordination of the activities of research institutes and maritime universities
- Create awareness of green corridors for shipping
The report concludes that India’s shipping industry path is best driven through partnerships and will help fast-track the industry’s uptake of greener, innovative solutions.
We hope the white paper on the Indian Coastal Green Shipping Programme will be beneficial in building a green maritime and shipping industry in India and providing a useful framework for continued collaboration between Norway and India
said Arne Jan Flølo, Consul General, Royal Norwegian Consulate General Mumbai.
The report further seeks to complement the enormous efforts now being undertaken by India and Norway to enable the Asian powerhouse to transition its maritime sector to a more sustainable one.