The Aspen Institute has announced the formation of the Zero Emission Maritime Buyers Alliance (ZEMBA) alongside co-founders Amazon, Patagonia, and Tchibo.
The mission of ZEMBA is to enable companies to access zero-emission shipping solutions that are not currently available.
Through ZEMBA, freight buyers will accelerate the commercial deployment of zero-emission shipping, enable economies of scale, and help minimise maritime emissions.
By working together, the Aspen Institute writes that ZEMBA members will offer demand to build confidence among investors, carriers, ship owners, and producers of zero-emission fuels and renewable energy.
ZEMBA’s efforts can also help create new and sustainable worldwide economic models in renewable energy, zero-emission fuel production, infrastructure, and clean maritime services.
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The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organisation aiming to create a more equitable society.
“The Aspen Institute is inspired by industry leaders like Amazon, Patagonia, and Tchibo who are advancing solutions that will help us achieve full maritime decarbonisation,” said Dan Porterfield, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.
“Through ZEMBA, we look forward to partnering with additional freight buyers to catalyze the maritime industry’s clean energy future.”
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ZEMBA plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RfP) in 2023 to forward procure maritime shipping services that achieve zero or near-zero emissions on a lifecycle basis, for all greenhouse gases, not limited to carbon dioxide.
The delivery of these services will be expected to start in 2025 or 2026.
Freight buyers are invited to join ZEMBA as a way to access zero-emission shipping.