The United Kingdom has announced the launch of the Clydebank Declaration on Green Shipping Corridors at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland today. Nineteen signatory states acknowledged their plans and intention to back the setting up of green shipping corridors, which are basically zero-emission shipping routes between two ports.
The declaration sits within the mission of carbon-neutral shipping and is aimed to complement work at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to enable zero-emission shipping.
The signatory nations involved in the ‘Clydebank Declaration’, which was launched at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, agreed to support the installation of at least six green corridors by 2025, which will need supplies of zero-emission fuels, the infrastructure required for carbon-neutral shipping and regulatory frameworks.
The declaration stated, “It is our collective aim 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. It is our aspiration to see many more corridors in operation by 2030. We will assess these goals by the middle of this decade, with a view to increasing the number of green corridors.”
The signatories of nations which agreed to create zero-emissions shipping trade routes between ports to advance the decarbonization of the global maritime industry are:
- 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
As the name itself suggests, the ‘Clydebank Declaration’ pays tribute to the heritage of the City of Glasgow and the River Clyde where the Declaration was signed.