Canada Creates Green Shipping Corridors Framework

Canada Creates Green Shipping Corridors Framework

Canada’s Ministry of Transport announced the creation of a Green Shipping Corridors Framework and the entrance of the country in the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission, which were both highlighted during the ongoing COP27.

The Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, recently confirmed the two initiatives through an announcement.

“Being at the forefront of reducing marine emissions will create new opportunities for Canadian clean tech and clean fuel innovators, and contribute to Canada’s economic growth and prosperity. Today’s announcement showcases Canada’s leadership in reducing the environmental impacts of our marine transportation sector,” he said.

According to the Ministry, through the framework and joining the mission, Canada is “building on the commitment made when signing on to the Clydebank Declaration during COP26, signaling its plan to support the establishment of green shipping corridors (zero-emission maritime routes between two or more ports).”

In addition to this, the government developed the framework to give a helping hand to all parties interested in creating a green shipping corridor through making sure that green shipping corridors are consistently implemented and that parties are empowered to cooperate with one another in eliminating emissions and tackling the climate crisis.

Furthermore, Canada also joined the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission as a supporter and assured the active contribution to the mission’s activities and projects. With this, the country will now have access to Zero-Emission Shipping Mission resources and networks of supporters both in the government and the industry.

As per the Ministry, transportation is Canada’s “second largest source of emissions” and having the framework in place will assist the nation’s marine transportation sector in reducing its environmental impact.

The government also issued the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan in March wherein they committed to reduce emissions by 40 to 45% “below 2005 levels” by 2030. The said framework is also believed to be aligned with the government’s priorities.

The United Nations celebrated World Maritime Day 2022 on Sep. 29 with the theme “New Technologies for Greener Shipping” that emphasized the given opportunity to focus on the significance of a sustainable maritime sector and the need to “build back better and greener in a post pandemic world.”

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