As part of Mission Innovation, the governments of Denmark, Norway, and the United States will spearhead a new Zero-Emission Shipping Mission in collaboration with the Global Maritime Forum and the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.
The Mission’s goal is to expedite international public-private partnership to scale and implement new green maritime technologies, putting international shipping on a zero-emissions path. The governments of India, Morocco, the United Kingdom, Singapore, France, Ghana, and South Korea will all lend their assistance to the Mission.
Carrying 80-90% of global trade in a less carbon-intensive manner than other freight transport modes, international maritime shipping nonetheless represents about 2–3% of the world’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions. Without immediate and concerted efforts, emissions from the sector could increase between 50% and 250% by 2050.
Zero-Emission Shipping Mission goals
The Zero-Emission Shipping Mission has three primary objectives. The initial goal is to develop, demonstrate, and implement zero-emission fuels, ships, and fuel infrastructure across the whole value chain in a coordinated approach. The Mission’s next target is for ships capable of running on hydrogen-based zero-emission fuels such as green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol, and biofuels to account for at least 5% of the global deep-sea fleet assessed by fuel consumption by 2030. The third target is to have at least 200 well-to-wake zero-emission ships in service and using these fuels on their principal deep sea transport routes by 2030.
The Zero-Emission Shipping Mission is part of Mission Innovation, a worldwide program led by the European Commission and 24 countries to encourage sustainable energy innovation. The goal is to assist in the transition of renewable energy solutions from the lab to the market. On November 30, 2015, Mission Innovation was declared at COP21, as world leaders gathered in Paris to pledge to bold efforts to tackle climate change.