The United Kingdom, hosting the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November, has called for global emissions from shipping to be reduced to zero by 2050 and for only non-polluting ships to be brought into service by 2025.
“The United Kingdom supports a target to reduce global emissions from shipping to zero by 2050,” said the Department of transport in a statement on Monday.
“This would mean a significant increase in ambition for a sector that currently accounts for 3% of global emissions,” said the declaration, adding that such a target should be adopted through the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a specialised UN organisation based in London.
The UK hopes that by 2025 emissions-free ships will be brought into service in its waters, the result of a partnership with industry that will “provide the opportunity for less polluting Canal crossings” in the next ten years.
The UK, which has set itself a carbon neutral target by 2050, published in July a roadmap for greening transport, including a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel trucks by 2040. In air transport, the government aims to achieve carbon neutrality for domestic flights and all airports in England by 2040, and for international flights by 2050.