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Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL632, tabled on 21 January 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their target for reducing carbon emissions from shipping in UK waters; and what actions, if any, they plan to take to reduce carbon emissions from shipping globally.

Answered on

4 February 2020

Government is committed to meeting net zero emissions by 2050, and this includes emissions from domestic shipping. The Clean Maritime Plan, published in July 2019, is one of the first national action plans on shipping decarbonisation globally. The Plan sets out the ambition that by 2025 all new vessels ordered for the UK are designed with zero emission capability. By 2035 we expect the UK has built a number of clean maritime clusters that focus on zero emission innovation and infrastructure.

Internationally, the UK is fully committed to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Initial Strategy on the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships. This Strategy contains the ambition to peak GHG emissions from international shipping as soon as possible and to reduce the total annual GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 whilst pursuing efforts towards phasing them out. The UK is a leading voice at the IMO and this year will be calling for measures to be adopted through the IMO as soon as possible to ensure the targets of the Strategy are delivered.