UK shipping industry calls for net-zero by 2050

The UK shipping industry has agreed that the international shipping sector should pursue a net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050. International regulations require the global shipping industry to cut their emissions by 50% compared to 2008 levels, and the UK Chamber of Shipping has confirmed it wants the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to double this target and commit to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps welcomed the call for net-zero emissions from the UK Chamber of Shipping. He said that “the UK is taking a leadership position in decarbonizing all forms of transport, including Maritime, where we have led the world globally for many hundreds of years.

UK Chamber of Shipping President John Denholm said that “climate change is the greatest threat to mankind, and it is imperative all of us involved in the shipping industry continue to do all we can to cut emissions. That is why we are now calling on the IMO to set a net-zero target for 2050. The world needs to know the shipping sector takes its responsibilities seriously and by setting the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, people would be in no doubt about the green credentials of the shipping sector.”

The UK Government recently published its Sixth Carbon Budget. This included shipping for the first time. The recent Transport Decarbonization Plan called for shipping to reach net-zero by 2050.

However, this has not been agreed at an international level and the UK Chamber of Shipping is now calling on the IMO to take drastic action and commit to a net-zero target.