The UK government in
partnership with industry has committed US$ 7.8 million to help fund innovative
technologies and fuels to reduce maritime emissions and progress towards a
Speaking in the run up to London International
Shipping Week 2017, UK Maritime Minister John Hayes said: “The UK is home to a
wealth of expertise in maritime technology, but more needs to be done to move
this sector towards a zero emissions world.
“That’s why this government is committed to backing
vital technology to meet this goal, and we are looking to deepen our technical
expertise to further support industry.
“I will relay this message during London International
Shipping Week 2017, where we will showcase the UK’s exciting future as a
powerhouse of maritime innovation.”
The UK is playing a leading role in implementing
binding energy efficiency targets for shipping as maritime transport emits
around 1,000 million tonnes of CO₂ annually worldwide and creates about 2.5% of
global greenhouse gas emissions.
By 2025, the UK government plans to make a majority of
its new ships 30% more efficient than current designs.
If emissions from international shipping are not
addressed, studies suggest they will account for almost 17% of global emissions
The government has
also been working with industry to develop international regulations to support
liquid natural gas and other alternative fuels. Vessels fuelled with liquid
natural gas are regularly refuelling in the UK at ports including Teesport,
Southampton and Immingham.