Shipping: Environment Protection

Department for Transport written question – answered on 7 October 2020.

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Photo of Emma Hardy Emma Hardy Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of a potential growth in green shipping on the UK's environmental targets ahead of COP26.

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

The UK’s greenhouse gas emissions target for Net Zero by 2050 covers domestic shipping, and the sector will need to be decarbonised as part of our national effort to tackle climate change.

Research carried out for the Department as part of the 2019 Clean Maritime Plan included a scenario analysis that assessed the factors that will drive the growth of green shipping and the resulting emission pathways to Net Zero. This research informs the Department’s work on this issue and has been published on Gov.UK.

At UN level the UK is actively engaged in the work of the International Maritime Organization to decarbonise the global shipping industry and we have supported the IMO’s recent ‘4th Greenhouse Gas Study’ that considers the relationship between growth and global emissions targets.

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