Green maritime corridors will emerge from COP26

World leaders from 22 countries, including the United States, signed the Clydebank declaration at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday.

The signatories aim to establish at least six green corridors by the middle of the decade, according to a Release.

Green corridors would link at least two major port hubs where zero emission solutions and fuels have been demonstrated and supported. Ports and routes will be chosen based on the potential for scaling up and accelerating zero-emission shipping.

“Green corridors could be the tipping point for the development of the green maritime solutions that we desperately need to meet our maritime transport emissions targets as well as our collective climate targets,” Danish Transport Minister Benny Engelbrecht said on Thursday. during COP26.

The declaration’s goal is to have more green corridors and at least 200 zero-emission ships using them by 2030, Engelbrecht said.

“We need to put international shipping on an ambitious zero-emission path. To do this, we need commercially viable, zero-emission ocean-going vessels in the global fleet no later than 2030. Our goal… is that vessels capable of operating on zero-emission fuels are at least 5% of the depth. global. maritime fleet by 2030, ”said Engelbrecht.

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Commitments made

The signatories agreed to:

  • Establish partnerships with ports, operators and other stakeholders along the supply chain to accelerate decarbonisation in the sector and in the maritime fuels supplied.
  • Address the challenges of building green corridors such as regulations, incentives and infrastructure.
  • Consider including provisions for green corridors in developments and revisions of national action plans.
  • Ensure that sustainability and environmental impacts are taken into account when creating ecological navigation corridors.

“For zero-emission shipping to be successful, it must be an economically competitive option for businesses,” said Charis Plakantonaki, director of strategy at Star Bulk Carriers Corp. green corridors report published Wednesday.

“Green corridors are trade routes where political support and collaboration in industry could ensure that the benefits for first-timers outweigh the costs and risks they take. We look forward to continuing the work and engagement with our peers, with governments and with other stakeholders on the development of these corridors, ”continued Plakantonaki.

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International maritime transport is responsible for around 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the expected increase in maritime transport demand could increase maritime transport-related emissions by 50% by 2050 in a scenario status quo, Engelbrecht said.

But the transition from conventional transportation fuel to low-carbon, zero-carbon alternatives such as e-methanol and green ammonia to reduce GHG emissions is not straightforward.

What happens if a ship that can only run on ammonia ends up in a port that is not supplied with it?

Solve zero emission vessel refueling issues

Having dedicated green corridors could help allay fears that ships may not be able to access the zero-emission fuel supply they need to operate when they arrive at ports for delivery.

AP Møller – Maersk reached an agreement in August to build and operate eight dual-fuel vessels that can run on LNG or methanol. The company plans to use carbon neutral methanol such as e-methanol to fuel ships, but it needs to have access to this fuel in ports. Green corridors could help solve this problem by dedicating ports on the main shipping lanes to the supply of green fuels.

Read: E-methanol: missing piece in the puzzle of decarbonising maritime transport?

Ocean Conservancy responds

“Ocean Conservancy and Pacific Environment are particularly pleased to see that the signatories of the Clydebank declaration agreed to define ecological shipping corridors as” zero emission shipping routes “, which was not a given at the time of the concept negotiation, ”said an Ocean Conservancy. declaration noted.

“Today’s declaration is an important first step towards cleaning up our ports, port communities and the maritime sector. The cooperation inherent in these Green Corridor commitments will help pave the way for eliminating emissions from ports and shipping here in the United States and abroad, ”said Dan Hubbell, Emissions Campaign Manager shipping to the Ocean Conservancy.

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