Outcomes of the task force are expected to be presented at the Global Maritime Forum’s inaugural summit in October 2018.
Specifically, the Task Force on Decarbonizing Shipping will bring together leaders and experts from across the maritime industry to develop and mobilise the sector on science-based emission reduction targets. It will focus on five areas key to effectively addressing the maritime industry’s climate challenge: industry leadership, technology, transparency, finance, and carbon pricing. These areas were identified as central to decarbonizing shipping at an exploratory industry workshop held in London in June 2017.
Niels Smedegaard, CEO, DFDS commented: “At the 2016 Danish Maritime Forum, industry leaders concluded that the shipping industry needs to adopt a leadership role in addressing the climate challenge. We as an industry must step up. We need to be a part of the solution. This calls for a common platform that delivers forward-looking collaboration to support the long-term sustainability of the global shipping industry – economically as well as environmentally.”
The five working groups of the task force are:
- Industry Leadership – This working group will connect and mobilize CEOs and other high-level decision-makers and thought leaders to determine an ambitious and achievable vision for decarbonizing shipping.
- Technology – This working group will accelerate the uptake of clean technology solutions by addressing the challenges facing owners and innovators alike. It will develop a toolbox to help technologies overcome the high-cost, low-revenue valley of death so that they can achieve viable commercial uptake. The group will focus on proven breakthrough technologies currently entering the market and outline a vision and roadmap for how the industry can work together on the development of low carbon technologies.
- Transparency – This working group will determine how information transparency can be improved to reduce information asymmetry and allow for effective decision-making on efficient and profitable operations.
- Finance – This working group will develop principles for integration of climate risk into lending decisions as well as foster development of best practices and tools to support their uptake. This will be achieved through one-on-one work with leading capital providers and a series of industry workshops.
- Carbon Pricing – This working group will explore the role of carbon pricing in tackling shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions. Key policy options will be summarised for business leaders as a basis for the discussion of industry recommendations.
Further, the task force will develop a vision for collaborative innovation on low carbon technologies; toolkits and guidance to increase transparency about operational efficiency; a best practice guide for incorporating climate risk assessment in ship finance; and recommendations on the role of carbon pricing in tackling emissions.
Alastair Marsh, CEO, Lloyd’s Register commented: “The later we leave decarbonization, the more rapid and potentially disruptive it will be for shipping. This task force will enable industry leaders to come together to determine possible decarbonization pathways, and to promote innovation, collaboration and investment.”