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Container ships earlier this month at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. The United States and 21 other countries have agreed to open green shipping corridors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

COP26 didn’t produce the big breakthroughs for climate change that many had hoped. Yet for maritime shipping, the U.N. Climate Change Conference was a major success.

The United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France and others — 22 countries in all — signed the Clydebank Declaration for Green Shipping Corridors, a new framework for reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. The signatories commit to establishing “zero-emission maritime routes” for ships using clean marine fuels such as methanol or ammonia.

They plan to establish six of these green corridors by 2025 and scale up further by “supporting the establishment of more routes, longer routes and/or having more ships on the same routes,” according to the declaration.…  Seguir leyendo »

Crew members stand on the bow of the CMA CGM Argentina in the Port of Miami on April 6. The vessel is the largest container ship to call at a Florida port. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

This week, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres called the latest findings of the United Nations’ climate report “a code red for humanity”. Maritime shipping is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Ships carry up to 90 percent of world trade, and shipping is the most fuel-efficient means of global transportation. Even so, each year, the sector produces carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases totaling 1,056 million tons — a figure that rivals the annual emissions of Germany, the world’s sixth-largest emitter.

If nations wish to implement the 2015 Paris climate agreement and limit global warming, reducing shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions is crucial.…  Seguir leyendo »