The Canadian Government has announced several initiatives in support of the Green Shipping Challenge, which encourages governments, ports, and companies to commit to transitioning to more environmentally sustainable methods of shipping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Green Shipping Challenge was organized by the U.S. and Norway as part of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27). Countries, ports, and companies made more than 40 major announcements related to the transition to low- or zero-emission shipping.

The green shipping initiatives announced by Canada are:

Green Shipping Corridors Framework

Canada announced and publicly released its Green Shipping Corridors Framework for how it plans to reduce the environmental impact – especially greenhouse gas emissions – of marine shipping.

This includes a commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45% below 2005 levels by 2030, and achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

As part of this plan, Canada committed to:

  • developing a national action plan to help the marine sector to reduce emissions
  • “greening” the federal marine fleet, which includes developing plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our fleets
  • working with international partners to develop ways to reduce black carbon in the Arctic from international shipping, and
  • investigating zero-emission technologies and clean fuels for other types of vehicles and for use in off-road equipment, including port equipment

 Clean Energy Maritime Hubs Platform

Canada is among the first five countries (along with Norway, Uruguay, Panama, and UAE) to share knowledge and best practices to help establish exporting/importing low-carbon hubs.

The Clean Energy Marine Hubs will provide a public-private platform bringing together private stakeholders (CEO-led Clean Energy Maritime Taskforce and others) across the energy-maritime value chain to partner with governments aiming to produce and transport low-carbon fuels through maritime, including the use of this fuels by shipping.

The goal of establishing the hubs is the production of low-carbon fuels within five years.

Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence Seaway System Green Shipping Corridor Network Initiative

Canada and the United States announced the Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence Seaway System Green Shipping Corridor Network Initiative. Transport Canada, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Department of State with state, provincial, local, private-sector, non-governmental leaders, and Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the United States to host consultations with ports and other stakeholders, with the goal of facilitating the establishment of such a network.

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