Government backs zero global shipping emissions target by 2050

The UK expects to see zero emission vessels put into commercial service by 2025

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The government has said it supports a zero global shipping emissions target by 2050.

The target, which needs to be agreed upon through the International Maritime Organization, is expected to further support efforts to limit global emissions.

Today’s announcement by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps comes as the government launches what it describes as the greenest ever London International Shipping Week.

In the coming days, Mr Shapps is expected to announce the winners of the multimillion-pound Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, focused on innovative green maritime solutions.

The Transport Secretary also plans to reinstate his ambition to have zero emission vessels entering into commercial service by 2025.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “As a maritime nation with a rich history and host of COP26 this year, we are proud to be at the forefront of the greener era for maritime, charting an international course for the future of clean shipping.

“I am incredibly excited by the changes happening in this sector, with the speed of progress highlighted by the prospect of zero emissions commercial vessels in UK water in the next few years and green Channel crossing within a decade.”

The maritime sector is currently accountable for around 3% of global emissions.

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