No single stakeholder can make decarbonisation of shipping a reality – IMO Secretary-General

Bashir Jamoh, Director General of NIMASA

The Secretary-General of International Maritime Orgainsation (IMO), Kitack Lim has declared that no single stakeholder can make decarbonization of shipping a reality by acting alone, saying that all stakeholders have a part to play.

Kitack Lim stated this at the NextGen project meeting held during the Future of Shipping Conference organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and IMO to address both decarbonization and digitalization in the maritime sector, last week.

According to Lim, “No single stakeholder can make decarbonization of shipping a reality by acting alone. This Conference and the NextGEN workshop are significant in bringing together many different stakeholders in the maritime sector to achieve a common goal.” 

“We all have a part to play in addressing challenges and pushing blue-sky thinking to develop and implement solutions. To keep pace with the demands of the global economy and the expectations for sustainable growth, the maritime world needs to be in the forefront of transformational change. We need to facilitate decarbonization and enhance digitalization for safer, more environmentally friendly, and efficient shipping.” 

Speaking at the opening of the Conference, Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Minister for Transport, said “Developments in shipping have a real impact on the development of economies and uplifting of lives around the world. With a deep commitment to collaboration in decarbonization and digitalization, we can realize a better future for shipping and for the economies and people who depend on it.” 

Also speaking, Mr. Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team, said “It is increasingly clear that decarbonization of the global economy is inevitable and all sectors must act now. We urgently need all-hands-on-deck to speed up this transition and ensure we keep the 1.5 C goal within reach.”  

The NextGEN project, which aims to bring together decarbonization initiatives in the maritime sector, brought together multiple stakeholders from across the global shipping community and the maritime value chain interested in cutting greenhouse gas emissions from shipping tackling climate change.  

During the NextGEN meeting, some 70 participants discussed ways to ensure that no one is left behind in the maritime decarbonization process, and brainstormed actions needed to facilitate collaboration across the maritime and energy supply chain. Participants were also informed of plans to launch a NextGEN portal in the second half of 2021, to aid discussions and share ideas, facilitating coordination between complementary initiatives. 

The IMO-Singapore NextGEN aims to build partnerships between stakeholders in the public and private sectors, not only in the shipping industry and ports but also private and development banks, and academia. Among the participants in the first, inaugural NextGEN meeting were leaders from the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs), established by IMO in 2017 under a European Union-funded project to drive forward the changes needed to reduce GHG emissions from shipping.  

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