Industry leaders and organizations call for full decarbonization of international shipping by 2050

Press Release: Signatories of the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization urge world leaders to align shipping  with the Paris Agreement temperature goal. The private sector is already taking important  steps to decarbonize global supply chains. Now governments must deliver the policies that will  supercharge the transition and make zero emission shipping the default choice by 2030.


Full decarbonization of international shipping is urgent and achievable. This is the clear message  from more than 150 industry leaders and organizations representing the entire maritime value  chain, including shipping, cargo, energy, finance, ports, and infrastructure. In conjunction with the  UN General Assembly and ahead of critical climate negotiations at COP26 in Glasgow this November,  they call on governments to work together with industry to deliver the policies and investments  needed to reach critical tipping points in decarbonizing global supply chains and the global  economy. 


Signatories to the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization include some of the world’s  largest actors in global trade: Anglo American, A.P. Moller – Maersk, BHP, BP, BW LPG, Cargill Ocean  Transportation, Carnival Corporation, Citi, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, ENGIE,  Euronav, GasLog, Hapag-Lloyd, Lloyd’s Register, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, MSC Mediterranean Shipping  Company, Olympic Shipping and Management, Panama Canal Authority, Port of Rotterdam, Rio Tinto,  Shell, Trafigura, Ultranav, Volvo, and Yara.  


Ships transport around 80% of global trade and account for about 3% of global greenhouse gas  (GHG) emissions. In 2018, the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted an initial GHG  strategy. It aims to reduce international shipping’s total annual GHG emissions by at least 50% of  2008 levels by 2050. The strategy is set to be revised in 2023.  


“Now is the time to raise our ambitions and align shipping worldwide—a significant carrier of global trade—with  the goals of the Paris Agreement. We are working closely with our clients to advance the shipping industry’s  transition to net zero emissions and, with the support of strong public policy measures, we can accelerate our  collective efforts to decarbonise the global economy,” says Jane Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, Citi. 


The private sector is already taking concrete actions to decarbonize shipping. This includes  investing in RD&D and pilot projects, ordering and building vessels operated carbon neutrally,  buying zero emission shipping services, investing in the production of net-zero emission fuels,  investing in port and bunkering infrastructure, and assessing and disclosing the climate alignment  of shipping related activities.  


“For the world to decarbonize, shipping must decarbonize. Our customers are looking to us to decarbonize their  supply chain emissions. We are investing significantly in the carbon neutral emissions technologies that are  readily available. To make such investments the default choice across our industry, we need a market-based  measure to close the competitiveness gap between fossil and zero emission fuels of today and the carbon neutral  fuels of tomorrow,” says Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, Chief Executive Officer of Fleet & Strategic  Brands, A.P. Moller – Maersk. 


“Decarbonising shipping is both critical to achieving net zero global emissions and increasingly urgent.  Policymakers have a historic opportunity to accelerate this process by introducing a global carbon levy on marine  fuels, to drive decarbonisation and incentivise investment in zero emissions fuels and vessels. The time for action  is now,” says Jeremy Weir, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Trafigura. 


“Decarbonizing shipping should leave no country behind. To make the transition to zero emission shipping and  fuels equitable and inclusive, policy measures must make sure that decarbonizing shipping also brings jobs  and opportunities to people in developing countries and emerging economies,” says Johannah Christensen,  Chief Executive Officer, Global Maritime Forum. 


Signatories of the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization call on world leaders to:  


Commit to decarbonizing international shipping by 2050 and deliver a clear and equitable  implementation plan to achieve this when adopting the IMO GHG Strategy in 2023.  


Support industrial scale zero emission shipping projects through national action, for instance  by setting clear decarbonization targets for domestic shipping and by providing incentives and  support to first movers and broader deployment of zero emissions fuels and vessels.  


Deliver policy measures that will make zero emission shipping the default choice by 2030,  including meaningful market-based measures, taking effect by 2025 that can support the  commercial deployment of zero emission vessels and fuels in international shipping. 


The Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization has been developed by a multi-stakeholder taskforce  convened by the Getting to Zero Coalition – a partnership between the Global Maritime Forum, the  World Economic Forum, and Friends of Ocean Action. Members of the taskforce include Cargill  Ocean Transportation, Citi, the COP26 Climate Champions team, the Energy Transitions Commission,  Lloyd’s Register, Port of Antwerp, Torvald Klaveness, Trafigura, Yara, and UMAS. 


Learn more about the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization and see the full list of Signatories  here.


Learn more about what concrete actions Signatories of the Call to Action for Shipping  Decarbonization are taking in support of shipping decarbonization here.

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