The UK government has called on IMO to achieve zero emissions from global shipping by 2050.
At the start of London International Shipping Week (LISW), United Kingdom Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the country supports a plan to achieve zero emissions by 2050. The target would need to be agreed by the IMO, however, they are already exceeding the UN body's current decarbonization targets for shipping by 2050.
"As a leading maritime nation with a great history, and host of UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow this year, we are proud to be at the forefront of the maritime sector decarbonisation, charting an international course for the future of green shipping," Shapps said.
"I'm incredibly admired by the changes happening in the maritime sector, with the promptness of progress highlighted by the prospect of zero emission commercial vessels in UK waters in the next few years and green Channel crossings within a decade."
Zero-emission vessels are expected to be operational by 2025, and the importance of creating a thriving, innovation-driven maritime sector was emphasized.
Today a Ministerial roundtable at the Foreign Office leaders from different sectors will discuss how to align all parts of the UK with a focus on decarbonization and zero emission, coastal communities, port cities and industry.