COP 26: 19 nations sign commitment on green shipping corridors
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19 nations have signed a commitment at COP 26 in Glasgow to support the establishment of zero-emission maritime routes between 2 (or more) ports by the middle of the current decade.
In a statement, the countries who signed the agreement said their collective aim is “to support the establishment of at least 6 green corridors by the middle of this decade, while aiming to scale activity up in the following years, by inter alia supporting the establishment of more routes, longer routes and/or having more ships on the same routes.”
The signatories of the agreement said that it is their “aspiration to see many more corridors in operation by 2030″. The countries shall assess these goals by the middle of this decade, with a view to increasing the number of green corridors.
The pledges signed by the 19 nations are the following:
- to facilitate the establishment of partnerships, with participation from ports, operators and others along the value chain, to accelerate the decarbonisation of the shipping sector and its fuel supply through green shipping corridor projects
- to identify and explore actions to address barriers to the formation of green corridors. This could cover, for example, regulatory frameworks, incentives, information sharing or infrastructure
- to consider the inclusion of provisions for green corridors in the development or review of National Action Plans
- to work to ensure that wider consideration is taken for environmental impacts and sustainability when pursuing green shipping corridors.
The 19 signatories of the agreement are as follows:
- Costa Rica
- Republic of Ireland
- Republic of the Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- The United States of America