Blue Sky Maritime Coalition releases Roadmap for Maritime Decarbonization in North America ahead of COP28


Ahead of the COP28 climate change conference taking place over the next two weeks in the UAE, the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (BSMC) has released a new report entitled ‘Roadmap to Net-Zero Emissions: North American Waterborne Transportation’. The report envisions industry-wide decarbonisation by 2050 and identifies the guiding principles and key actions that will help the maritime value chain meet that vision.

By understanding what success in 2050 looks like for each stakeholder, the roadmap works backwards to identify the steps and pathways needed to bring that future to reality. Establishing guiding principles that promote collaboration, innovation and a systems-based approach, the industry can overcome the technological, operational, regulatory, commercial, societal and fuel availability hurdles that are anticipated over the next few decades.

“Reaching net-zero ambitions is going to require a clear path forward with actionable and practical steps,” said David Cummins, BSMC President and CEO. “We must first start with the end in mind and assemble a coalition of those willing to drive short-term actions that will lead to the desired future.”

The report further details the challenges ahead and identifies initial actions to help accelerate the industry’s net-zero transition. Six key challenges which must be overcome if the industry is to achieve its goals and realize net-zero ambitions are as follows:
– Maritime system inefficiencies and siloed approaches
– Lack of trusted, accurate and verifiable greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventories
– No one-size-fits-all solution for vessels
– Fuel and energy infrastructure projects lack demand to reach scale
– Patchwork of policy and regulations
– Customer willingness to pay
To support implementation of actions to address these challenges, BSMC workstreams can serve as cross-functional, collaborative platforms to bring stakeholders together for swift mobilization and generate impactful results.

“Through teamwork and a commitment to sustainability, we believe that the maritime industry can achieve its vision of commercially viable, net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 for the entire maritime value chain,” continued Cummins.

The Blue Sky Maritime Coalition will be hosting a press conference during COP28 o present the report and discuss its findings further, taking place at Expo City Dubai on December 11. For more information please contact