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London International Shipping Week: Green Maritime


Good morning everyone.And a very warm welcome HMS Albion, one of the most versatile ships in the Royal Navy, is known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of the British fleet.

And today, continuing that tradition of adaptability, HMS ALBION is a great backdrop for this important event to promote and celebrate innovators helping the shipping industry move towards a zero-carbon future.

Now, I would like to thank Captain Simon Kelly and his crew for hosting us as part of the Net Zero Hub, as well as the Department for International Trade and the Ministry of Defense.

I am honored to be on board.

Context: Shipping and CO2

Maritime affairs are very easy to use in the transportation industry, which currently emits about one-fifth of the world’s total CO2 emissions.

Two highly visible forms of transportation that have become symbolic of fossil fuel dependence, road transport and aviation, are most often the targets of international climate change protesters, but the greenhouse effect. Despite the fact that they emit more gas, world shipping tends to be largely ignored. Gas than aviation. And like air travel, it’s actually increasing its contribution to climate change.

In fact, the CO2 produced by shipping each year represents 3% of all carbon dioxide emitted by human activity around the world. Also, in the UK, domestic transportation alone produces more greenhouse gases than rail and bus combined.

The fuels used for transport continue to be some of the most polluted fuels in all modes of transport, despite regulatory interventions limiting sulfur content.

And given that maritime trade is expected to double over the next decade, we begin to understand the scale of the environmental problems facing the industry.

I need action now. Vessel life means that if you have a chance to reach your 2050 target, you should start deploying zero-emission vessels by 2025.

2050 target

But frankly, there hasn’t been much progress in the last few years.

Only last month Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change We have become a state-of-the-art expert organization that emphasizes the need for significant and immediate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the devastating effects of global warming on our environment.

Obviously, urgent and radical action is needed to put global maritime affairs on a sustainable foundation.

And that means it’s up to the visionary nation to work through international organizations, focus and move the industry in the irreversible direction towards decarbonization.

That’s why we announced the most environmentally friendly London International Shipping Week to date, just two months before welcoming the world. COP26 The conference in Glasgow will lead a clear call to encourage other countries to support the UK’s goal of absolute zero for international transport emissions by 2050.

This goal, which needs to be agreed through the International Maritime Organization, undoubtedly requires a large commitment by shipping around the world to increase its ambitions.

Still, as visitors to London saw this week, the industry is full of innovation.

Pioneering people and companies that are already creating the green maritime technology and business of the future. Not only do they play a role in tackling climate emergencies, but also to compete and grow our green economy. Create thousands of jobs with new maritime technology and seize the enormous opportunities to open up to cleaner and more modern shipping markets.

Technological revolution

We already understand how ship design changes. They will be the most fuel efficient the industry has built since the transition from sail to steam power.

Redesigned from keel-up, it features an optimized hull shape, new rudder and propeller placement, a new foil system to reduce drag, and improved wind assistance via sails and rotors.

For slow ships carrying bulk goods, things can go around completely and steam gives way to navigation.

Innovation spreads rapidly throughout the market. In the short term, most ships are expected to be 35% to 45% more efficient by the 2030s, and perhaps at least 50% more efficient by the end of the decade.

By the 2040s, carbon-free propulsion ships using hydrogen, ammonia, high-density batteries, etc. are expected to become widespread.

Beautiful maritime competition

Zero-carbon transport technology was not only ready well before 2050, but has already been tested in many countries, including here in the United Kingdom.

That is why by 2025, zero-emission vessels, such as on cross-channel routes, challenged the industry to enter commercial services in the UK.

Stimulate the creativity of our glorious maritime industry, support, incentive and develop new industrial heritage for the future, from the smallest start-ups to the largest companies in the UK with the most pioneering spirits and businesses. Is the role of the government. Creates thousands of skilled jobs within the sector.

This was the idea behind us Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.. The biggest such competition in the history of the sector.

And was launched as part of the prime minister 10-point plan for the Green Industrial Revolution..

I gathered applications from over 300 organizations and didn’t expect them to be as successful as they proved.

But this week Announcement of 55 winnersFeasibility studies and technical testing share a total investment of over £ 33m nationwide. This really demonstrates the diverse strengths of the maritime sector across the country.

In the future, all schemes will go into actual demonstrations, helping governments work with the UK industry to accelerate the transition to Net Zero.

They include:

  • A hydrogen-powered, eco-friendly submarine program to build vessels that collect toxic microplastics from the ocean while transporting cargo between Glasgow and Belfast.

  • Charging points directly connected to offshore wind turbines allow boats to be charged using 100% renewable energy from the turbines

  • A project involving the University of Kent in the southeast to investigate the electrification of propulsion vessels in the Short Strait Ferry Fleet

  • Midlands is testing a new high-performance energy storage system that can be applied to both road vehicles and ships in an initiative involving Westfield sports cars.

  • At Aberdeen, we have a project to test the design of hydrogen-powered vessels and how to produce green hydrogen directly from offshore wind turbines.

Undoubtedly, the competition to create tomorrow’s breakthrough technology is intensifying. And we are confident that the successful delivery of these amazing technologies will play a major role in helping the UK reach its Net Zero goals.

Other UK measures

And this is just the beginning.As announced in the recent launch of the UK Transport decarbonization planWe will discuss the possibility of phasing out the sale of contaminated new domestic vessels and fuels, and finally, from 2030, we will start a course to completely decarbonize British maritime affairs.

We are also considering establishing the UK Shipping Authority to reduce emissions, a dedicated unit within the Ministry of Transport that focuses on decarbonization of the maritime sector.

And at the beginning of today, HMS ALBION, the government has launched a green shipbuilding campaign. As a maritime nation with a rich history, we are proud to be at the forefront of the green era of shipping and to show an international path towards a clean shipping future.

In all of these markets, the UK is in a position to lead innovation. We have a lot of experience in the fields of shipbuilding, shipbuilding and marine equipment, passed down from generation to generation, and now have the skills to adapt to the new era of maritime growth.

Taking action now helps us lead the responsibility for decarbonization, reduce emissions and shape the outlook for what clean transport and trade will look like for future generations. increase.


We can convey this hopeful message about the future of shipping in Greenwich, a city with a rich maritime history, a city that has been hoping for growth since the Port of London was founded by the Romans in 2000. Is worthy. in front.

We are proud of the past, but we are looking to the future. As always, a future driven by globalization, competition and profit.

But it must now be combined by a new command inspired by our common determination to protect the planet on which we live. Yes, transportation must grow to meet the needs of the global economy. But it must grow responsibly. Until there is no carbon to reduce within the framework for reducing carbon.

The challenge can never be bigger. However, with the help of the winners of the Clean Maritime Competition, we will be able to use laser focus domestically and globally with friends and partners through the International Maritime Organization to realize our vision of zero-emission transportation.

Thank you very much.

London International Shipping Week: Green Maritime

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