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Zero-Emission Shipping

As part of its work on decarbonization in shipping, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is hosting an event during Climate Week NYC 2019 to explore the role of biofuels in the context of the maritime industry’s transition to zero-emission shipping.

There is an urgent need for the radical decarbonization of shipping. It’s time for the maritime industry to play its part in limiting global heating to 1.5 C, by transitioning from the current reliance on fossil fuels towards zero carbon fuels by 2050. Research commissioned by the SSI in 2018 revealed that zero-emission vessels need to be entering the world’s fleet by 2030 – and that advanced biofuels represent one of the more economically feasible options for shipping in that time-frame. While some may say “biofuels remain risky territory” – with significant potential for good intentions to result in perverse outcomes – our research suggests there is also potential for certain biofuels to help the shipping industry kickstart its journey towards rapid and full decarbonization.

At this event you will witness an inspiring panel of speakers moderated by Sally Uren, Chief Executive of international sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future. Our panelists are:

  • Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Leader of Climate & Energy Practice, WWF
  • Gerard Ostheimer, Managing Director below50, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Christine Weydig, Director, Office of Environmental and Energy Programs, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Adair Turner, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission
  • Kirsi Tikka, Independent Non-Executive Director
  • John Kornerup Bang, Head of Sustainability Strategy & Chief Climate Change Advisor, Maersk

Aligned with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit Energy Transition track, our event will share and anchor our learning so far across the maritime, sustainability and climate communities. This event represents the culmination of a series of consultations exploring the role of sustainable biofuels in the decarbonization of shipping. The insights from the consultation process and the Climate Week event will feed into a report, on the possible role (if any) of sustainable biofuels for shipping, to be published in late 2019.

This is an invitation-only event. You can register your interest in participating by September 11th on this page:

Join us in shaping the maritime industry’s approach to biofuels on our journey to zero-emissions shipping!

#biofuels4shipping #decarbonisation #sustainableshipping

Entry will be restricted to registered participants with a ticket issued by the SSI. 

This event is part of the Energy Transition and  Clean Transport, Buildings and Infrastructure programs of Climate Week NYC.