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U.S. and UK Collaborating on Green Shipping Corridors to Achieve Zero Emissions by 2050

Mike Schuler
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August 14, 2023

In a joint effort to combat climate change, the United States and the United Kingdom are embarking on the development of green shipping corridors to help accelerate the adoption of cleaner fuels and steer the shipping sector towards full decarbonization.

The corridors, envisioned as routes connecting multiple ports, will serve as showcases for cutting-edge zero- and near zero-emission fuels and technologies. The ultimate aim is to achieve a complete elimination of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from these corridors by no later than 2050.

The U.S. Department of Energy, supported by the Department of State and the Department of Transportation, along with the UK government’s Department for Transport, are jointly spearheading the initiative. Both countries are releasing separate but simultaneous “Requests for Information” (RFIs) regarding the development of green shipping corridors. The purpose of these RFIs is to gather insights from maritime stakeholders, including ports, shippers, cargo owners, fuel producers, and various industry players.

This collaborative effort aligns with prior commitments made by both nations. The UK-led Clydebank Declaration, formed in 2021 and supported by the U.S., signaled the intent of several countries to establish green shipping corridors. Similarly, the Green Shipping Challenge, which gained traction in 2022, urged the global maritime industry to develop plans for decarbonization to limit the increase in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“The maritime sector is critical to shipping freight but also accounts for around 3% of global emissions. So, the U.S. has committed to addressing the climate crisis, through ambitious domestic action and sustained international initiatives like the Green Shipping Challenge and the Clydebank Declaration,” says Michael Berube, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation and Fuels. “Partnering with the UK to establish green shipping corridors between our two countries outlines a pathway to create a clean future for global maritime transportation.”

Stakeholders interested in participating are invited to respond to the RFI by submitting their feedback electronically before September 29, 2023.

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