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Maritime giants sign COP27 hydrogen commitment

Image: ABB Concept illustration of a large vessel powered by fuel cells
Concept illustration of a large vessel powered by fuel cells
Companies including Maersk, MAN ES and the Getting to Zero Coalition have pledged to kickstart green hydrogen and hydrogen-derived fuels for the maritime industry.

Signatories to the joint statement committed to the end goal of providing green hydrogen and hydrogen-derived fuels at scale for the maritime industry, in-line with their target to fully decarbonise the industry by 2050 at the latest.

Supporting the shipping industry’s ambition, the Getting to Zero Coalition recognised the role of hydrogen and hydrogen-derived fuels in its pursuit of zero emissions deep sea vessels from 2030, and green hydrogen developers and producers pledge to work towards generating the 5.5m-tonnes of green hydrogen needed for the shipping industry by 2030.

The commitment was signed by Maersk, Green Hydrogen Catapult, Getting to Zero Coalition, Intercontinental Energy, Acwa Power, Fortescue Future Industries, CWP Global, MAN Energy Solutions, Green Hydrogen Organisation and Aspen Shipping Decarbonization Initiative facilitator of Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV)

The signatories called for action from peers in their sectors, including commitments from shipowners to invest in zero emissions ships and technologies, and commitments from ports to invest in infrastructure for bunkering zero emissions fuels and to participate in green shipping corridors.

On the regulatory front, the partners called for the IMO to set a 2050 goal for 100% decarbonisation of the shipping industry, with robust targets at 2030 and 2040.

“Our path ahead is clear: shipping must transition away from fossil fuels and toward scalable zero-emissions fuels. Members of the Getting to Zero Coalition and other signatories to this joint statement stand firmly behind this goal and have already taken crucial first steps to make this happen. Commitments today show that there will be sufficient supply of green fuels and demand for zero-emissions shipping,” said Johannah Christensen, CEO of the Global Maritime Forum, founding partner of the Getting to Zero Coalition.

“We are living in a climate emergency, and we need to rapidly accelerate the global availability of green fuels,” said Henriette H. Thygesen, CEO of Fleet and Strategic Brands at A.P. Moller – Maersk. “Access to green hydrogen is an important pathway to secure this important scale-up for the shipping industry as a whole and for us at A.P.  Moller – Maersk to reach our 2040 net-zero target. Operating a large fleet of container vessels, we have made the choice to take an active part in shaping the solutions for the future together with partners. No one can do it alone.”