The first National Center of Excellence for Green Port & Shipping (NCoEGPS), a significant effort by the Ministry of Ports and Shipping to provide greener solutions, was launched by the Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal.
“The center aims to develop a regulatory framework and alternate technology adoption roadmap for Green Shipping to foster carbon neutrality and circular economy (CE) in the shipping sector in India,” the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways said.
India aims to expand the share of renewable energy—currently less than 10%—to 60% of the total power requirement of each of its main ports by using solar and wind-generated electricity.
Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said, “It is my immense pleasure to announce the establishment of India’s first center of excellence for Green Port & Shipping as a major attempt by the Ministry towards realizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mission LiFE movement. As per the vision of PM Modi, this movement is going to be an India-led global movement for collective action to protect & preserve the environment. This center is an important step towards this movement as it aims to transform ports and shipping to become more environment-friendly.”
The Ministry has received support for establishing this center from the Deendayal Port Authority Kandla, Paradip Port Authority, Paradip, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Authority, Thoothukudi, and Cochin Shipyard Limited, Kochi. The project’s knowledge and execution partner is the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
The Minister clarified this further by saying, “This Centre will help on policy and regulatory support to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways for developing regulatory framework and alternate technology adoption roadmap for Green Shipping to foster carbon neutrality and circular economy (CE) in the shipping sector in India. I thank all the stakeholders of this project for hedging their resources towards a very important aspect of the sector.”
By 2030, the ports want to cut their carbon emissions per ton of handled cargo by 30%. The Maritime Ambition Document 2030, unveiled by PM Modi, is a ten-year plan outlining India’s vision for a thriving blue economy and a sustainable maritime industry. In addition, India has been chosen as the first nation to carry out a Green Shipping pilot project as part of the IMO Green Voyage 2050 program.
Additionally, the Minister stated that the center would help the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways build a legal framework and assist in adopting a roadmap for alternative technologies for green shipping. This would promote carbon neutrality and a circular economy (CE) in India’s maritime industry. Then he commended the project’s participants for allocating resources to a crucial market sector.
The major ports aim to reduce carbon emissions per ton of cargo handled by 30% by 2030. Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India unveiled a 10-year plan for the country’s vision of a thriving blue economy and a healthy maritime industry in the Maritime Vision Document 2030. India was chosen as the first country to carry out a pilot project on green shipping as part of the IMO Green Voyage 2050 assignment.