The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), and the Spanish Shipowners’ Association (ANAVE) will be jointly organising an event on the maritime industry’s response to the decarbonisation challenge at the United Nation’s COP 25 climate change conference in Madrid.
Entitled How does maritime transport contribute to a carbon-neutral and climate-resilient planet by 2050?, the event will take place on Friday (13 December) from 14:15 to 15:00 in the Green Zone of the IFEMA Madrid venue.
The event will include presentations from ICS Deputy Secretary-General, Simon Bennett, ECSA Secretary-General, Martin Dorsman, and ANAVE Director-General Manuel Carlier.
Bennett commented: ‘Now we need to redouble our efforts to deliver further dramatic improvements in fuel efficiency, as demanded by governments and society at large.
‘ICS is acutely aware of the urgent need for all economic activities, including international shipping, to eventually eliminate GHG emissions as soon as practicable, through a combination of short term measures such as such as speed optimisation and longer term measures such as the use of zero-carbon fuels.
‘The transition to zero CO2 emitting fuels – which ICS has dubbed the ‘Fourth Propulsion Revolution’ – is the challenge of our age, and one that we know the industry will embrace. This will require truly massive investment in research and development, which ICS believes must be at the heart of the IMO GHG Strategy if the ambitious reduction targets that IMO Member States have set are to be met.’
Dorsman added: ‘The climate emergency is a global challenge. It requires a global solution.
‘As 'Actors for the Climate', the shipping industry is playing its part by striving to achieve the IMO CO2 reduction targets. This requires research, development and innovation in new, alternative technologies and fuels. The COP 25 is the ideal environment for us to show the world that we are already taking actions and what those actions are.
‘But more has to be done by us. We are taking the responsibility by stepping up our efforts for a full decarbonisation as quickly as possible within this century.’