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Shipping: Carbon Emissions

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 145843, tabled on 23 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for his policies of the shipping industry's announcement to become net zero by 2050.

Answered on

29 March 2022

The Government is working to accelerate efforts to decarbonise the international shipping sector and therefore welcomes calls from the industry for higher ambition in the International Maritime Organization’s Initial Strategy on greenhouse gas reduction when it is revised in 2023. The UK is committed to building consensus through the IMO to ensure international shipping emissions peak and decline in line with the temperature goal of the Paris Agreement.

The IMO will need robust policy measures in place to achieve these ambitious goals, and the UK will play a leading role in shaping these measures to ensure they are fit for purpose.

Domestically, the UK will reduce emissions to net zero across the whole economy by 2050, including emissions from domestic shipping. The Transport Decarbonisation Plan, published in summer 2021, sets out our commitments to accelerate the UK’s transition to net zero shipping.