Governments and industry are aiming towards carbon-free shipping routes

The Clydebank Declaration, signed by governments and industry executives, commits to building zero-carbon routes along important shipping routes – but significant issues about cleaning up a severely polluting industry remain unanswered.

As per Clydebank Declaration on Green Shipping, which was released on November 10th, at least 6 corridors should be constructed by the middle of this decade.

United States, Japan, Germany, and the UK were among the 19 countries that signed it.

International shipping contributes to around 3% of global co2 emissions, almost identical to the emissions of the sixth-largest polluting country.

Based on the expected rise of sea-based commerce, the industry’s emissions might increase by 50% by 2050 if no steps to de-carbonize are made.

According to Faustine Delasalle, co-executive director of the Mission Possible Partnership, plans call for conversion to 20 percent zero-emission on each route by the end of the decade.

To fulfill that target, Australian iron exports will require ten carbon-free boats, with container runs from China. And other manufacturers to Europe requiring as many as 70.

If zero-emission fuels account for 5% of global marine supply by the end of the decade, as part of a drive for zero-emission global shipping by 2050, approximately 200 and 300 such boats will be required.