Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launches India’s first Center of Excellence for Green Ports and Shipping, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

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NEW DELHI: With the aim of developing a regulatory framework and roadmap for the adoption of alternative technologies for green shipping to foster carbon neutrality and circular economy (CE) in the shipping sector in India , Union and Ayush Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday announced India’s first National Center of Excellence for Green Ports and Shipping (NCoEGPS), a major initiative of the ministry ports and shipping aimed at providing greener solutions.

The announcement was made by the Union Minister during the recent “INMARCO 2022” in Mumbai.

“India intends to increase the share of renewable energy to 60% of the total electricity demand of each of its major ports, from a current share of less than 10%. This will be done through the solar and wind power,” read a statement. official statement.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “It gives me immense pleasure to announce the establishment of India’s first Center of Excellence for Green Port and navigation, as a major attempt by the ministry to bring to fruition Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji’s Mission LiFE movement. According to Prime Minister Modi Ji’s vision, this movement will be an India-led global movement for collective action to protect and preserve the environment.”

Adding that the new center is an important step towards this movement as it aims to transform ports and shipping in a more environmentally friendly way, he said: “Deendayal Kandla Ports Authority, Paradip Port, Paradip, Port Authority of VO Chidambaranar, Thoothukudi and Cochin Shipyard Limited, Kochi have all provided support to the ministry to set up this centre. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is the knowledge and implementation partner for this project.

“This center will provide policy and regulatory support to the Ministry of Ports, Navigation and Waterways for the development of a regulatory framework and a roadmap for the adoption of alternative technologies for green navigation in order to promote carbon neutrality and circular economy (CE) in the maritime transport sector in India. I thank all the stakeholders of this project for pouring their resources towards a very important aspect of the sector,” he added.

Ports also aim to reduce carbon emissions per tonne of cargo handled by 30% by 2030. The Maritime Vision 2030 document, released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a 10-year blueprint on India’s vision of a sustainable maritime sector and a vibrant blue economy. India has been selected as the first country under the IMO Green Voyage 2050 project to conduct a pilot project related to green sailing.

India will also implement IMO energy efficiency requirements for existing ships and carbon intensity requirements on all its ships whether coastal or international to help achieve the targets. of GHG reductions from the IMO. India already provides shore power to vessels with power demand below 150 KW at present and aims to provide shore power to all visiting vessels. India is actively working in the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the IMO to help design acceptable regulatory requirements for the reduction of GHG emissions in line with the original IMO GHG strategy.

“India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement for the period 2021-2030 include: reducing the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33-35% by 2030 by compared to 2005 levels, and achieve approximately 40% of cumulative installed electrical power capacity from non-fossil energy resources by 2030 with the help of technology transfer and low-cost international financing,” the statement added. .

The ministry also informed that India is on track to meet these targets and has already achieved over 24.5% share of renewable energy (RE) in total installed capacity. Globally, India now ranks 4th in renewable energy capacity, 4th in wind power and 5th in solar power capacity. As all industrial sectors move towards carbon neutrality and implementation of CE measures ahead of the Indian government’s commitment for the year 2070.

“The maritime transport sector, which is both energy and resource intensive, also needs an implementation roadmap to achieve energy and resource neutrality. Therefore, the work undertaken by the NCoEGPS will provide decision makers at national and sub-national levels with a methodology and framework to implement carbon neutral measures, to meet (and exceed) obligations under the Paris Agreement through the electrification of process, through renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and other emerging alternative fuel technologies, including green fuels,” the statement added.

The scope of work carried out by the NCoEGPS will also include the training and capacity of various stakeholders to accelerate the adoption of the green measures identified through the research, the officials informed.

“The NCoEGPS will work under the Sagarmala Program of the MoPSW. The main objective of the proposed NCoEGPS is to provide support to the MoPSW in developing and maintaining a policy and regulatory framework for an alternative green technology roadmap for the shipping sector in India for its transition to carbon neutrality and CE principles,” the statement added. (ANI)

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