An ambitious target to make 5% of the world ocean shipping fleet run on zero-emission fuels by 2030 has been welcomed by the global shipping industry.
The global trade association for ship operators, the International Chamber of Shipping, welcomed the launch of Mission Innovation’s ‘Mission for Shipping’ earlier this week.
The ‘Mission for Shipping’ aims to support public-private cooperation and the increase in research and development expenditure that will be needed for oceangoing ships to transition to zero-carbon fuels and propulsion systems, at the pace required for the industry to decarbonise completely, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The ‘Mission for Shipping’ provides important and timely recognition of the urgent and critical need to accelerate R&D of zero-carbon technologies from both the public and the private sector, which will be vital to achieve the ambitious CO2 reduction targets that have already been agreed for the global shipping sector at the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Mission Innovation brings together more than 24 countries and the European Commission aiming to double their clean energy R&D investments to accelerate global innovation & make clean energy widely affordable.
The 5 billion USD ‘IMO Maritime Research Fund’ is the ideal vehicle for this public private partnership, which is advocated by a broad coalition of governments with the full support of the global shipping industry. The International Chamber of Shipping looks forward to working with Mission Innovation member states in supporting the IMO Maritime Research Fund proposal when it is discussed at the upcoming critical meeting at the IMO of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (10-17 June).
With the support of Mission Innovation governments, the IMO Maritime Research Fund can be in place by 2023, funded solely by R&D contributions from ship operators. This will come at no financial cost to governments whilst complementing and supporting their own efforts towards the goal of decarbonisation.
Guy Platten, ICS’s Secretary General, commented: “We welcome this timely recognition by Mission Innovation of the urgent need to accelerate R&D of zero-carbon technologies in shipping. This will be vital to achieve the ambitious CO2 reduction targets, already agreed at the UN IMO, to which both governments and industry are committed.
“This firmly aligns with the goals of the 5 billion USD of guaranteed R&D funding which the IMO Maritime Research Fund will provide. By supporting the IMRF initiative at IMO next week, MI governments now have a unique opportunity to make the aims of Mission Innovation a reality.
“The IMRF will make it possible to provide at least 50 per cent of the funding towards a specific government supported R&D project – potentially far more for smaller projects or if the project is undertaken by a developing country. This would contribute much needed R&D funding in line with the announcements made today by Mission Innovation governments. But this requires the support of these same governments at the critical IMO meeting.”