The Clydebank Declaration to establish ‘green corridors’ signed at COP26

As part of today’s deliberations on Transport at the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, some 20 countries have signed The Clydebank Declaration agreeing to work together on establishing ‘green corridors’ – shared maritime trade routes on which to scale up zero-emission shipping.

The corridors cover both the necessary port infrastructure as well as vessels powered by zero-emission fuels. The goal is to establish six green corridors by 2025.

The Declaration was signed by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the UK and US.

Recognising that “a rapid transition in the coming decade to clean maritime fuels, zero-emission vessels, alternative propulsion systems, and the global availability of landside infrastructure to support these, is imperative for the transition to clean shipping”, the signatories pledge to support the establishment of at least six green shipping corridors – zero-emission maritime routes between two (or more) ports – by the middle of this decade.

Thereafter they also aim to “scale activity up in the following years, by inter alia supporting the establishment of more routes, longer routes and/or having more ships on the same routes” with a view to seeing “many more” corridors in operation by 2030.

In doing so, the signatories pledge to:

• facilitate the establishment of partnerships, with participation from ports, operators and others along the value chain, to accelerate the decarbonisation of the shipping sector and its fuel supply through green shipping corridor projects
• identify and explore actions to address barriers to the formation of green corridors. This could cover, for example, regulatory frameworks, incentives, information sharing or infrastructure
• consider the inclusion of provisions for green corridors in the development or review of National Action Plans
• work to ensure that wider consideration is taken for environmental impacts and sustainability when pursuing green shipping corridors.

A separate study on how green corridors can be conceived, prioritized, and designed to accelerate the speed of shipping’s transition was released by the Global Maritime Forum today (see earlier story).