Oct 23

Chamber members present to MPs and Peers on green shipping

Yesterday at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Maritime and Ports three UK Chamber of Shipping members presented on their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and what action is needed internationally and domestically to help the sector achieve net zero.

Joining presenters David Kennedy-Browne from Maersk, Nick Hey from Wightlink and Sunit Das from Hadley Shipping for the session were colleagues and parliamentarians from across the maritime industry, including the chair of the APPG and former maritime minister Robert Courts MP.

The presenters set out several issues including:

  • The demand for future fuels will grow significantly in the years ahead meaning a significant upscaling of production will be required.
  • The limitations of grid capacity providing a stumbling block to decarbonisation for smaller vessels, such as local ferry services.
  • The opportunities of optimisation to make an immediate impact of reducing carbon emissions.

Following the presentations discussions focused on how the sector could come together to ensure its message to government was being heard as loud as possible, the future of hydrogen as an alternative fuel and the importance of cross departmental working to resolve issues such as the planning system limiting, rather than encouraging, infrastructure roll out.

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