Industry leaders ask COP26 to commit to decarbonising international maritime transport by 2050


The call to action for decarbonizing shipping, urging world leaders to take action to bring shipping in line with the Paris Agreement’s temperature target, was handed over to the UK Presidency today. of COP26 at the annual summit of the World Maritime Forum in London.

Posted: October 27, 2021 at 10:48 a.m. CDT|Update: 25 minutes ago

LONDON, October 27, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Call to action for the decarbonization of maritime transport was developed by a multi-stakeholder working group brought together by the Getting to Zero coalition – a partnership between the World Maritime Forum, the World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action. The Call to Action is supported by more than 200 industry leaders and organizations representing the entire maritime value chain and sends the clear message that a full decarbonization of international shipping is both urgent and feasible. It calls on governments to work with the shipping industry to implement the policies and investments needed to reach critical tipping points in the decarbonization of global supply chains and the global economy.

“With the Call to Action, leaders across the maritime value chain are sending a strong signal to governments gathered in Glasgow next week that it is time to increase ambitions and commit to completely decarbonizing international shipping by 2050. If governments want to be climate heroes in COP26, they must also be climate heroes within the International Maritime Organization, where urgent action is needed to place international shipping on a fair and equitable basis. Paris-aligned track “, said Johannah christensen, President and CEO, World Maritime Forum.

The call to action demonstrates that there is broad industry support for the decarbonization of maritime transport and shows the many actions and commitments that are already taken by companies, while specifying what is needed from governments to completely decarbonize the sector by 2050.

More specifically, the signatories call on the government to:

  • Commit to decarbonizing international maritime transport by 2050
  • Support zero-emission maritime transport projects on an industrial scale through national action
  • Put in place policy measures that will make zero-emission shipping the default choice by 2030

The 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, 2021 is hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy and bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

COP26 is a unique opportunity to accelerate global efforts to combat climate change. All industries must be part of the path to achieving net zero emissions and maintaining the Paris temperature goals at your fingertips. As COP President, I welcome the Call to Action for Decarbonizing Shipping and its clear message that leaders across the maritime industry are ready to work with governments to fully decarbonise international maritime transport by 2050 ”, said Alok sharma, COP26 President.

About the call to action for the decarbonization of maritime transport

More than 200 industry leaders and organizations across the maritime value chain are signatories of the Call to Action for Decarbonization of Maritime Transport, including Maritime Transport, Freight, Energy, Finance, ports and infrastructure. The signatories are among the largest global players in world trade: Anglo-American, AP Moller-Maersk, BHP, Bolloré Logistics, BP, BW LPG, Cargill Ocean Transportation, Carnival Corporation, Citi, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, ENGIE, Euronav, Fortescue Metals Group, GasLog, Hapag-Lloyd, Iberdrola, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsui OSK lines, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, Ocean Network Express, Olympic Shipping and Management, Ørsted, Panama Canal Authority, Port of Rotterdam, PSA International, Rio Tinto, Shell, Swire Shipping, Trafigura, Ultranav, Unilever, V.Group, Volvo and Yara.

The Call to Action for Decarbonizing Shipping was initially launched on September 22, 2021 in collaboration with the United Nations General Assembly.

Learn more about the Call to Action for Decarbonizing Shipping and check out the full list of signatories here ….

Learn more on the concrete actions that the signatories of the Call to action for the decarbonization of maritime transport are taking in favor of the decarbonization of maritime transport here …

Learn more on the Summit of the World Maritime Forum in London to October 27-28, 2021, here…

About the Achieving Zero Coalition

The Getting to Zero Coalition is an industry-led collaborative platform that brings together key players in maritime and fuel value chains with the financial sector and others committed to making commercially viable zero-emission ships a reality. scalable by 2030. Coalition is a partnership between the World Maritime Forum, Friends of Ocean Action and the World Economic Forum.

About the Friends of Ocean Action

Friends of Ocean Action is a unique group of more than 55 global leaders from business, international organizations, civil society, science and academia, who deliver rapid scalable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the ocean is facing. It is hosted by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the World Resources Institute.

About the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is the international organization for public-private cooperation. The Forum engages society’s key political, business, cultural and other leaders to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It was established in 1971 as a non-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. He is independent, impartial and not tied to any particular interest.

About the World Maritime Forum

The Global Maritime Forum is an international non-profit organization committed to shaping the future of global maritime commerce to increase long-term sustainable economic development and human well-being.

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