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Another collaboration to quicken the low-carbon transit

2 non-profit organisations attempt another shot at accelerating the net-zero journey

The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) and the Global Maritime Forum have signed a partnership agreement to support and accelerate the transition of the global maritime industry to a low-carbon future.

Zero involvement from commercial players
Through this partnership, GCMD and the Global Maritime Forum will work together on low / net-zero emission projects and programmes. These include sharing of knowledge and data analytics in support of the development of green corridors. Both the non-profit organisations will also collaborate closely to support the development of industry-led project consortia for low / net-zero emission shipping demonstrations and pilots.

GCMD CEO, Prof Lynn Loo commented, “Decarbonising the maritime industry is a grand challenge that requires all hands on deck and strong collaboration across the entire value chain. This partnership between the GCMD and the Global Maritime Forum will allow us to leverage the strengths of both organisations in moving the industry towards meeting the IMO goals. We hope to bring GCMD’s domain and technical expertise together with the Global Maritime Forum’s broad-based community and platform to encourage and drive global industry dialogue, as well as spur action towards developing and deploying solutions for decarbonisation.”

Johannah Christensen, CEO of the Global Maritime Forum seconded, “Urgent action from all stakeholders across the maritime value chain is needed to decarbonise international shipping in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. We look forward to collaborate with the GCMD on informing and mobilising collective action towards our shared goal.”

The most striking aspect of this alliance is the involvement of non-profit organisations having another go at net-zero goals in blanket solidarity, with no assistance from commercial stakeholders. When an initiative is one-sided, no amount of lobbying in any scale is going to cut it. Last year’s COP26 was unfortunately a congregation of hot air as majority of the industry players accepted the current net zero goals are not realistic. Balancing climate goals and gross domestic product (GDP) performance is a delicate act – involving a wide range of socio-economic implications.

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