More than 150 companies around the world have called for accelerated decarbonization of the shipping industry by 2050.
In a document called Call for Action, they called on governments around the world to take more drastic measures by tightening environmental requirements. Major corporations such as Shell, BP, Maersk, and Trafigura are involved in the Earth Rescue Initiative. It is noted that the sea transportation of goods provides about 90 percent of world trade, while shipping accounts for about three percent of the world’s harmful emissions.
It follows from the appeal that in addition to the requirement for complete decarbonization by 2050, it is necessary that by 2030 at least five percent of the fuel for ships should be renewable.
The document emphasizes that politicians have a “historic opportunity” to accelerate the process of getting rid of emissions. This can be helped by a carbon tax on marine fuels and by encouraging investment in the construction of zero-emission ships.
Earlier, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the world is on the road to disaster due to possible warming of 2.7 degrees. He called for the intensification of forces to achieve the goal of the Paris Agreement to contain global warming within 1.5 degrees.