News release – Grimaldi Group – January 8, 2020
It is an unprecedented landmark decision, the one made by world shipping to fight global warming. In fact, the main players have recently decided to take concrete action on the environmental issue by announcing that they have presented their proposal to create an International Maritime Research Fund – IMRF to the IMO (International Maritime Organization).
This fund will be used in the R&D field to develop zero-carbon propulsion technologies and systems as well as eco-friendly fuels (hydrogen, ammonia, etc.): the aim is to reduce, by 2050, the greenhouse gases produced by the industry by 50% (compared to the levels recorded in 2008) and subsequently get to a total decarbonisation of shipping on a global scale.
The fund will be financed by shipping companies around the world through a contribution of $2.00 per tonne of marine fuel purchased. Considering the amount of fuel currently consumed by the industry globally, the total amount collected is expected to be $5 billion over a 10-year period.
The proposal to eliminate CO2 emissions has been jointly presented by BIMCO, CLIA, Interferry, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Intercargo, Intertanko, International Parcel Tankers’ Association, World Shipping Council. Together, these international associations represent over 90% of the world merchant fleet.
“The industry associations that support and promote this proposal are showing a great sense of responsibility. The decision to tax itself for a noble purpose such as protecting our planet is very honorable to the category”, comments Emanuele Grimaldi, vice-president of ICS, Italian representative within the world shipowners’ organization, and managing director of
the Grimaldi Group.
“I would like to thank Esben Poulsson and Guy Platten, respectively, president and secretary general of ICS, who have actively contributed to writing a fundamental page in the history of world shipping through their commitment at the forefront of this initiative”, continues Emanuele Grimaldi. It is important to point out that shipping is not only the most used mode of transport, but also the most environmentally efficient one. Indeed, in spite of the fact that 90% of world trade uses the maritime mode, the latter is accountable for barely over 2% of the CO2 emissions produced globally.
Source: Grimaldi Group