THE International Chamber of Shipping has launched the Clean Energy Marine Hubs initiative in co-operation with several other partners, including the International Association of Ports & Harbours, in a bid to support clean fuel production and infrastructure in shipping.
ICS and IAPH launched the initiative during the 14th Clean Energy Ministerial, which is a government-led clean energy platform.
It aims to ensure private sector and government cooperation across the energy and maritime value chain, to transform maritime transportation and production hubs for low-carbon fuels. Some participants of the initiative mentioned ammonia and hydrogen as key fuels in shipping’s decarbonisation.
“By facilitating the secure and efficient transportation of new clean energy resources, including hydrogen, ammonia, and renewable diesel produced right here in Canada, we are taking significant steps towards a sustainable future on a global scale,” said Canada’s transport minister Omar Alghabra.
Canada, Norway, Panama, Uruguay and the United Arab Emirates are among the backers of the Clean Energy Marine Hubs.
The initiative also aims to address the challenge of developing specialised port infrastructure on a commercial scale, that will accommodate alternative fuels.
“Green energy, such as hydrogen and ammonia, will not always be consumed in the same countries where it is produced, making it impossible to tackle the climate emergency without shipping. We welcome the formal creation of the CEM Hubs, which will allow the shipping industry to proactively cooperate with international governments to ensure that new supply chains of clean energy become a reality,” said Lloyd’s Register chief executive Nick Brown.
Source: Lloyd's List