Poseidon Principles members commit to 1.5C climate ambition

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Representing 30 shipping banks and 17 marine insurance provider and brokers, Poseidon Principles has announced it will add additional trajectories to report climate alignment with a 1.5C temperature-rise future. This new commitment, unveiled during the Global Maritime Forum annual meeting in New York this week, will align the Poseidon Principles with the ambition of the UN and the latest available climate science.

The Poseidon Principles have committed to adopting an emissions reduction trajectory in line with net-zero commitments, as soon as such a trajectory or trajectories become available. The Principles which provide a framework for financial institutions and marine insurers to measure and publicly report the climate alignment of ship finance and marine insurance portfolios with global climate action goals.

“The urgency is clear,” said Michael Parker, Chairman, Global Shipping, Logistics & Offshore, Citi and Chair of the Poseidon Principles for Financial Institutions. “Because of the role that shipping plays in the global economy, we must accelerate our ambition towards the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C temperature goal.

“This new ambition will allow the Poseidon Principles to continue playing our role in incentivising and supporting the decarbonisation of shipping.”
The Poseidon Principles are already aligned with the IMO’s ambition to reduce GHG emissions from international shipping by at least 50% by 2050. The Poseidon Principles for Marine Insurance also benchmark against an emissions reduction trajectory in line with a 100% reduction by 2050.
The new commitment announced this week means that, once a new trajectory based on credible and well-recognized sources is established and adopted by the members of the individual initiatives, Signatories will benchmark their portfolios against two trajectories: one aligned with the IMO’s 50% reduction by 2050, and one aligned with net-zero by 2050 and a maximum temperature rise of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels by 2100, to meet the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement. For the second trajectory to be consistent with a 1.5C future, the scope will be expanded to include all greenhouse gas species, and to account for well-to-wake emissions.

“Access to real emissions data through the Poseidon Principles creates tangible impact in our business as well as in the real economy,” said Patrizia Kern-Ferretti, Head Marine, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and Chair of the Poseidon Principles for Marine Insurance. “Establishing common global decarbonisation trajectories will help us make business decisions that reflect the latest available climate science. This is the right thing for us to do.”

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