Shipping: Carbon Emissions

Department for Transport written question – answered on 24th September 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to promote the potential merits of decarbonising the UK maritime sector at COP26.

Photo of Robert Courts Robert Courts Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

In 2019 the UK legislated the 2050 net zero target and subsequently published the Clean Maritime Plan, outlining the pathway to zero emissions shipping. In doing so, the UK became one of the first countries to publish a strategy on domestic action to reduce shipping emissions following the agreement of the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships.

As the incoming President of COP26, the UK will push for international action on climate change, and lead by example. We have been working collaboratively with industry and States in the development of ambitious maritime decarbonisation initiatives to be presented at COP26. These will deliver tangible results, contributing to the global effort to reduce shipping emissions while delivering green growth.

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