Industry leaders call on COP26 to commit to decarbonize international shipping by 2050

28 October 2021

The Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization, urging world leaders to take action to align shipping with the Paris Agreement temperature goal, was delivered yesterday to the UK Presidency of COP26 at the Global Maritime Forum Annual Summit in London.

The Call to Action is backed by more than 200 industry leaders and organizations representing the entire maritime value chain and sends the clear message that a full decarbonization of international shipping is both urgent and achievable. It calls on governments to work together with the shipping industry to deliver the policies and investments needed to reach critical tipping points in decarbonizing global supply chains and the global economy. 

The private sector is leading the way and taking concrete actions to make zero emission vessels and fuels the default choice by 2030, and decisive government action and enabling policy frameworks are needed now to reach our 2030 and 2050 ambitions.

Andreas Enger, Höegh Autoliners’ Chief Executive Officer says,

In our commitment to build a more sustainable maritime industry and combat climate change, we are accelerating our decarbonisation efforts. We have set an ambitious net zero emissions target by 2040 and we believe we will achieve this through investments in future technology and newbuilds.

Andreas continues,

To drive the maritime industry to a zero emissions future, collaboration will be key. Through joint action and partnerships, we stand stronger and better equipped to succeed in our long-term climate ambition.    

The Call to Action demonstrates that there is broad industry support for the decarbonization of shipping and shows the many actions and commitments that are already being made by companies, while specifying what is needed from Governments to fully decarbonize the sector by 2050. 

As a signatory of the Call to Action we call on governments to:
• Commit to decarbonizing international shipping by 2050 
• Support industrial scale zero emission shipping projects through national action 
• Deliver policy measures that will make zero emission shipping the default choice by 2030 

To learn more or join the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization, please go to the Global Maritime Forums website