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Chile to create green shipping corridors network

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Chilean Ministries of Energy, Transport and Telecommunications, and Foreign Affairs, and the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Centre for Zero Carbon Shipping, have launched a joint project to establish green shipping corridors in Chile allowing for green maritime transportation import and export.

The first project step will comprise mapping and assessment of the most promising green corridors in the region, based on emission intensity, fuel availability, distance to ports, vessel segments, routes, and cargo types, among other relevant aspects.

This work will be completed in 2022, and it will pave the way for the deployment of selected green corridors in the coming years.

The Chilean government has an ambitious decarbonisation strategy and green maritime transportation is central to as the country is highly dependent on domestic as well as international maritime transport due to it’s geography. In November 2021, the country was among the first to sign the Clydebank Declaration to support the establishment of green shipping corridors.

 “Chile is a country with an outstanding renewable availability. Particularly blessed regions such as Magallanes and Antofagasta, which present massive wind and solar potentials make the Chilean coastline a strategic place to foster the supply of clean, zero-emissions maritime fuels. By working together with the territories and local governments, Chile will support the long-term emissions reduction of the national and international maritime sector,” explained Chile’s Minister of Energy, Claudio Huepe.  

The South American country sees itself as playing a strong role in green energy production. “Chile’s abundant renewable energy will enable us to become the cheapest producer of green hydrogen on Earth,” the Minister said.

Bo Cerup-Simonsen, CEO of Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, said “It is essential to the transition that Governments actively take responsibility and participate in establishing green corridors. The climate does not have the time to wait for global regulation to be in place before we start acting and therefore depend on progressive Governments like the Chilean to demonstrate the needed first mover leadership.

“Even at project scale this is a systemic change that requires public and private actors to act together. We need large-scale projects like green corridors to take the decarbonisation of the maritime industry from theory to actual demonstration of production, supply, and use of alternative fuels in the ports. Only this way will we align on standards and obtain the experience and knowledge we need to scale solutions fast enough to meet the end target of net-zero in 2050.”

The Chilean green corridor announcement comes only a few days after the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Centre for Zero Carbon Shipping launched the European Green Corridors Network with five north European ports.

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