ShipZERO Workshop offers strategies for a true zero in shipping
With the closing of the ZESTA (Zero Emission Ship Technology Association) hybrid workshop “Ship ZERO – Charging to True Zero” came a call to action by one of the most affected by the environment: Jimmy Nuake, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Government of Solomon Islands, told delegates “You are the people who can help us. The technology is there, and the funding is also available. The only thing missing is politics. We need to make our voice heard at IMO to move the framework and funding forward. “
Brent Parry, president of ZESTAs and CEO of SHIFT 2 Clean Energy, asked delegates whether they think policymakers are moving fast enough. There was an overwhelming response that regulators needed to do more and faster.
The conclusion of the ‘Ship ZERO – Charging to True Zero’ workshop, a side event to COP26 in Glasgow, brought to an end three days of intense discussions on strategies to enable the maritime and port sectors to reach true zero. by 2050. In the words of Nick Brown of Bureau Veritas: “Shipping is the key to decarbonizing the world. We need carrots and sticks to reach zero emissions by 2050. ”Some of the carrots are based on financial opportunities
“Ship ZERO – Charging to True Zero” was a three-day workshop that included solid technical presentations from zero-emission solution providers, as well as the finance, insurance, classification and regulators industries. Speaker panels, question-and-answer and brainstorming sessions followed each session to facilitate the creation of collaborative solutions, as well as to give stakeholders the opportunity to consider how the solutions will fit into their analyzes. individual profitability. The event took place well in advance of COP26 transport day, which will give the team of researchers and stakeholders time to summarize the results to be submitted to regulators in advance.
One of the many highlights of the event was the announcement by Greenlandic Prime Minister Múte Bourup Egede of his country’s intentions for: “… an immediate halt to all new oil and gas exploration and works to develop our sources of green energy. We believe that Greenland can become an important partner for zero emission maritime transport. We have huge untapped hydropower resources that exceed our domestic demand many times over, which can generate cheap renewable electricity for electric fuels, and we have an infrastructure well suited to be the first adapters. “
Responding to questions about policy changes at the IMO, Jeff Lantz of the USCG told delegates, “IMO needs to put the sector on a zero emission path by revising the GHG strategy. Initially done in 2018, the ambition levels are now insufficient. We call for the ambition of zero emissions by 2050. With this it is necessary to encourage short-term measures, to gain critical mass and to send the signal that maritime transport is on the way to zero emission.
As she brought the event to a close, ZESTA General Secretary Madadh MacLaine said: “We have seen through this event that we have the technology for zero emission shipping, and the finance is ready to go. support us. This is just the start of our journey to True Zero.
Harvesting and building on the wealth of knowledge and expertise shared over the past three days, we will submit a white paper to influential ministers and decision-makers at COP26 and publish a concrete action roadmap report. , containing a navigation map to true zero. ”
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