The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association has this week launched its strategy to become climate neutral by 2050.
The association marked the occasion on Monday (18 May) with an online event which streamed interviews with parties and stakeholders from locations across Norway before a copy of the strategy document was given to Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the main event in Oslo.
Paul Christian Rieber, President of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, gave a welcome speech and introduced the document during a segment of the event that was streamed from Corvus Energy’s factory Bergen.
The strategy has committed the association’s members to four goals:
- Cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50% per transported unit by 2030, compared to 2008.
- From 2030, members will only order vessels with zero emission technology.
- From 2050, the Norwegian fleet will be climate neutral.
- The strategy also entails an international ban from 2050 on fuel types that are not climate neutral.
Harald Solberg, CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association, commented: ‘Norwegian shipping is taking a leading role by setting ambitious goals for the development of new and profitable green technology.
‘We have high ambitions, even in areas that today do not have commercially available technological solutions. We believe ambitious goals will help accelerate the necessary development. This means that the entire industry, in collaboration with the authorities, both nationally and internationally, must engage in developing new solutions.
‘We need new technology and new sustainable solutions, and development must happen quickly. We have already accomplished a great deal, and now we want to do even more.’
Click here to access the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association’s Zero Emissions in 2050 strategy document.