MPA sets up international panel to lead decarbonisation efforts

Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial centre with a tropical climate and multicultural population.

The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has helped establish an International Advisory Panel on Maritime Decarbonisation (IAP) as part of efforts to reach goals set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

In a statement, the MPA said while the COVID-19 pandemic has been the primary global issue of the year, sustainability remains a high priority.

To that end it helped the Singapore Maritime Foundation establish the IAP and cut maritime emission by 50% by 2050, as per IMO targets.

The IAP, the MPA says, will discuss pathways to maritime decarbonisation, policies that could help accelerate the transition, and proposed actions to be taken by the Singapore Maritime Foundation.

To do so it will draw on the expertise of leaders from shipping companies, port operators, academia, class societies, insurance and finance players, energy companies, engine makers, shipyards, shipping associations, and government.

Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of the IAP said: “I am pleased that we have been able to gather a strong group of industry leaders to develop a holistic strategy on maritime decarbonisation.

“We will look at policy options and enablers that position Singapore to play its part in this global effort.”

Wong Weng Sun, Co-Chairman of the IAP added: “Decarbonisation is a multi-faceted issue requiring different perspectives and collaborations. The IAP reflects this, and I look forward to robust discussions with the panel to see how Singapore can become a centre of excellence for maritime decarbonisation efforts.”

The IAP held its first meeting on 1 July via video conference, and was joined by Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health Dr Lam Pin Min, and IMO Secretary-General Mr Kitack Lim.

Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health said, “Singapore is a strong proponent of environmental sustainability and remains committed to helping IMO achieve its goals of sustainable international shipping.

“As a leading maritime nation, I am glad that Singapore has led the way by forming the IAP on Maritime Decarbonisation to drive such efforts for the maritime industry.”

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