Guterres highlighted that the efforts to boost the shipping industry and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic should not include coal or any other fuel which heavily impacts the environment.

He specifically said that

Coal has no place in COVID-19 recovery plans. Nations must commit to net-zero emissions by 2050 and submit more ambitious national climate plans before COP-26 next year.

He added that renewables offer three times more jobs than the fossil fuel industry.

To remind, the Paris Agreement goal to limit temperature rise to safe 1.5C levels requires almost halving emissions by 2030, something not in line at all with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) goal to ensure ships have at least a 50% reduction by 2050.