IMO Sec-Gen: New technologies and fuels needed for carbon-free shipping

“Tackling climate change is one of IMO’s top priorities, but also one of the biggest challenges, especially for shipping,” said IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim at the IMO Symposium on Low-Carbon and Zero-Carbon Alternative Fuels.

Mr. Lim explained that he finds it very encouraging to see how the adoption of the IMO’s initial GHG strategy and its goal to decarbonize shipping by the end of this century, “has sparked so many new actions in the maritime value chain related to low-carbon alternative fuels, alongside our regulatory work.”

To achieve the objectives set out in the GHG Strategy, the IMO, as the global shipping regulator, is demonstrating its commitment to decarbonising shipping by developing an ambitious regulatory framework, which will drive innovation among all stakeholders, but also by providing a forum for discussion, cooperation and collaboration

However, he added that to achieve a low and zero carbon future for shipping, shipping will need new technologies, new fuels and innovations. Under this aspect, research and development on low and zero carbon marine fuels is already underway.

No stakeholder can make shipping decarbonization a reality by acting alone. The program of this symposium therefore emphasizes the importance of building partnerships and connecting the various players in the maritime value chain.

At the same time, the IMO has stressed the importance that no country is left behind in the energy transition. For this reason, the symposium expressed the opportunities for Member States to share their knowledge on the production and supply of renewable marine fuels across the world and identify potential areas for collaboration and cooperation.

To support this, IMO continues to expand its portfolio of capacity building projects, which are in line with IMO’s ambitious target in the GHG Strategy.

The path to net zero carbon shipping will not be easy. Nonetheless, I hope the range of initiatives presented at this symposium will demonstrate what is already underway, but also highlight what is needed to accelerate zero-carbon shipping.

Mr. Lim concluded.

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