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COP26 Transport Day: BPA Welcomes UK Leadership in Green Shipping

The British Ports Association has welcomed two UK initiatives to support the transition to zero emission shipping today: the ‘Clydebank Declaration’ and the launch of ‘Operation Zero’.

The Clydebank Declaration is an agreement by the initial 19 signatory states to establish ‘green shipping corridors’. These corridors will be zero-emission maritime routes between 2 (or more) ports. The collective aim is to support the establishment of at least 6 green corridors by the middle of this decade, while aiming to scale activity up in the following years, by inter alia supporting the establishment of more routes, longer routes and/or having more ships on the same routes. It is our aspiration to see many more corridors in operation by 2030. More information here.

Operation Zero is an initiative which aims to accelerate the decarbonisation of offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M) vessels working in the North Sea’s offshore wind farms.

These two initiatives demonstrate the UK’s ambition to be a global leader in the decarbonisation of shipping. We share that ambition and look forward to working with government and industry to facilitate greater information sharing and partnerships across the UK and beyond.

Mark Simmonds, Director of Policy & External Affairs