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Opportunities for green shipping in South Africa

IMO's GreenVoyage2050 Accelerator Program Pitches for Low-Carbon Solutions

The shipping industry has long been considered a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. However, there is a growing interest in developing low and zero carbon solutions for the industry. One initiative that seeks to support the deployment of these solutions is the GreenVoyage2050 Accelerator program by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The program aims to accelerate the implementation of low and zero carbon solutions on-board ships and in ports by supporting the development and implementation of pilot projects.

Recently, stakeholders from the private sector, academia, and non-government organizations met with representatives from the Government of South Africa and the GreenVoyage2050 project team in Cape Town, South Africa. During the meeting, proposals for low- and zero-carbon pilot projects were pitched. The proposals included biofuels from farmed algae, hydrogen-based fuel production, and making harbor vessels greener through low carbon fuels.

The next step in the process is for one to two pilot projects to be shortlisted for consideration of support through the GreenVoyage2050 Accelerator program. The decision on which projects to take forward will be made in consultation with the Government of South Africa.

The GreenVoyage2050 Technical Manager, Astrid Dispert, also participated in the “Opportunities for Green Shipping in Southern Africa” event organized by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria. During her panel speech, she highlighted recent developments at IMO concerning the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships and how IMO is supporting developing countries in their decarbonization efforts through projects such as GreenVoyage2050.

Dispert emphasized South Africa's potential to become a producer of maritime low and zero carbon fuels due to its geographical position and abundance in renewable energy. This presents a significant opportunity for the country to contribute to the global effort towards decarbonization of the shipping industry.

In conclusion, the GreenVoyage2050 Accelerator program is an important initiative that seeks to accelerate the deployment of low and zero carbon solutions in the shipping industry. The proposals for low- and zero-carbon pilot projects pitched during the stakeholder meeting in Cape Town demonstrate the growing interest in developing sustainable solutions for the industry. South Africa's potential to become a producer of maritime low and zero carbon fuels highlights the importance of global cooperation in achieving the common goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change.

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