CEM Hubs is set to launch in July, and is an initiative proposed by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICAS) and International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH). CEM Hubs pitches itself as “a high-level global forum to promote policies and programmes that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy.”
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Panama, the UAE, Canada, Norway and Uruguay have all given their backing to CEM Hubs.
Professor Lynn Loo, CEO of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, said: “GCMD has been in discussion with ICS since earlier this year on how we can contribute towards the CEM Hubs initiative. I am proud to have been part of the ICS-led delegation to the IRENA Assembly in January, voicing the role shipping can play to facilitate the greater energy transition.
“For shipping to access green fuels and to support the global energy transition, infrastructure needs to be established at ports and demand aggregated with other sectors. We hope to contribute to this effort by helping to identify and address technical and operational gaps in the green fuels supply chain, and by sharing learnings from our pilots with this community.”
Esben Poulsson, Chair of the Clean Energy Marine Hubs Task Force, said: “The goals and missions of the GCMD align with those of the CEM Hubs initiative and add great value to the partnership that is being developed. I am confident that together we are in an even stronger position to move forwards, catalyse the global energy transformation and help to de-risk future investments not just for shipping but the entire world.”
Prasoon Agarwal, Acting Head of Secretariat, Clean Energy Ministerial, said: “We are very much looking forward to the launch of the Clean Energy Marine Hubs initiative this July, during the 14th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Goa, India. Since the initial announcement last year, we have received strong support from across the global clean energy community for this global initiative, which aims to engage and enable the maritime sector to accelerate global clean energy transition. As the initiative continues to grow its global visibility and partnerships, we welcome the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation to the initiative ahead of its launch and hopeful to see a strong presence of global maritime community, engaging with the energy community in Goa next month.”