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The governments of Denmark, Norway and the US, and the Global Maritime Forum and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, will lead a Zero-Emission Shipping Mission supporting initiatives to ‘decarbonise the entire maritime value chain’.

The Mission will also be supported by the governments of India, Morocco, the UK, Singapore, France, Ghana, and South Korea.

In a statement sent to Bunkerspot today (2 June), the Global Maritime Forum said that the Mission aims to accelerate international public-private collaboration to scale and deploy new green maritime solutions, setting international shipping on a zero-emission course.

According to the GMF statement, the three main goals of the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission are to: develop, demonstrate, and deploy zero-emission fuels, ships, and fuel infrastructure in a coordinated fashion along the full value chain; work together so ships capable of running on ‘hydrogen-based zero-emission fuels’ make up at least 5% of the global deep-sea fleet (measured by fuel consumption) by 2030; and – also by 2030 – have at least 200 of these well-to-wake zero-emission fuelled ships in service and use these fuels across their main deep sea shipping routes.

Simon Kollerup, Danish Minister for Industry, Business, and Financial Affairs, commented: ‘In Denmark, we believe a greener future is possible – if we work together. As one of the world’s largest maritime nations, Denmark has initiated the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission, with great partners from the public and the private sector from all over the world. Our common goal is to make zero-emission vessels the natural choice for ship owners when they renew their fleet.’

Sveinung Rotevatn, Norwegian Minister for Climate and Environment, said: ‘The decarbonisation of shipping will result in a growing global demand for climate technology in the years ahead. Norway’s and other countries leading position in green shipping can become an important competitive advantage, giving the maritime industry huge growth potential in international markets.’

Jennifer Granholm, the US Secretary of Energy, added: ‘Through fearless technological innovation, ambitious clean energy deployment, and constructive international collaboration, we can build a net-zero carbon economy that creates millions of jobs and lifts our citizens into greater prosperity.’

Johannah Christensen, the Managing Director of the Global Maritime Forum, said that shipping is ‘on the verge of a clean energy revolution’ – and emphasised that, in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, ‘zero-emission vessels need to be the dominant and competitive choice by the end of this decade’.

The Zero-Emission Shipping Mission is part of Mission Innovation, a global initiative of 22 countries and the European Commission (EC) which aims to spearhead innovation and drive nvestment in clean energy research, development, and demonstrations.

Click here for more information about the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission.

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