Sep 23, 2022 | Maritime business news

Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV), a multi-national alliance of companies involved in ocean shipping, has added more signatories to its 2040 Ambition Statement.

Beiersdorf, Dupont, Electrolux, ETTLI Kaffee, Moose Toys, Ohana Beverage Company, Philips, REI Co-op, Sisley, and Target have all added their names to the first-of-its-kind call to action to progressively switch all of their ocean freight to vessels powered by zero-carbon fuels by 2040. They join Amazon, Brooks Running, Frog Bikes, IKEA, Inditex, Michelin, Patagonia, Tchibo, and Unilever, bringing the total to 19 companies that are sending an important signal of urgency across industries to accelerate decarbonisation of the maritime value chain. This announcement of new signatories more than doubles the number of companies that have signed onto the coZEV 2040 Ambition Statement, an initiative facilitated by the Aspen Institute.

Dan Porterfield, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, said: “In less than a year, coZEV has changed the narrative surrounding decarbonisation in maritime shipping. Through coZEV, cargo owners are kickstarting a clean energy transition in this critical industry, and the Aspen Institute is proud to support them and help enable their success.”

After a successful launch in October 2021, coZEV has begun to demonstrate the business case for investment in scalable zero-emission fuels and technologies capable of achieving full maritime industry decarbonisation on a Paris-aligned trajectory. In the months following the coZEV 2040 Ambition Statement announcement, several of the largest container carriers in the world announced plans to build and launch new transoceanic dual fuel container ships capable of using zero-emission fuels by the middle of this decade. Zero-emission fuel production plans have been announced by maritime fuel producers and major bunkering hubs. Across the entire value chain, cargo owners have driven higher ambition and supported new partnerships, such as the Los Angeles – Shanghai Green Shipping Corridor Partnership and the maritime shipping commitments of the First Movers Coalition, both of which are partners of the Aspen Institute, facilitator of coZEV.

coZEV has organised signatories IKEA, Unilever, and Tchibo to call on policymakers in the European Union to raise the ambition of its FuelEU Maritime Proposal to accelerate maritime decarbonisation and provide incentives for the deployment and rapid scaling of zero-emission e-fuels.

Ingrid Irigoyen, Director of coZEV and the Aspen Shipping Decarbonization Initiative, said: “Support for maritime decarbonisation has grown swiftly in just a short time due to the bold, climate-leading companies that are making their climate ambitions as freight customers clear to maritime carriers, fuel producers, ports and other value chain actors. The global economy’s maritime decarbonisation journey is still in its early stages, but such progress in less than a year confirms for us that cargo owners can drive impact quickly when they come together. We are so pleased to welcome these new signatories, all important global brands, and look forward to helping support their leadership in the maritime decarbonisation space.”

Vanessa Butani, VP Electrolux Sustainability, added: “By joining the coZEV 2040 ambition to eliminate maritime greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 we want to emphasize that we will continue working collaboratively with the industry to achieve zero-emission maritime shipping. The coZEV’s 2040 ambition is clearly aligned with our own goal of becoming climate neutral in our operations by 2030 and across our value chain by 2050. Meaningful partnerships with like-minded leaders from every sector who are dedicated to investing in innovative and impactful climate solutions are key to our success.”

Robert Metzke, Global Head of Sustainability, Philips, said: “Healthcare systems are responsible for a significant portion of today’s carbon emissions. As a purpose-driven health technology company, at Philips we recognise the threat of climate change and the effects it can have on human health. In 2020 we achieved our goal of becoming 100% carbon-neutral in our operations and sourcing all our electricity from 100% renewable sources. We collaborate with our customers and suppliers to reduce CO2 emissions across our value chain in line with a 1.5 °C global warming scenario. We aim to get 50% of our suppliers to commit to science-based targets by 2025. Today, we are thrilled to join like-minded organizations and become a signatory to the coZEV’s 2040 Ambition Statement. Low-carbon ocean freight solutions are critical for sustainable healthcare supply chains.”

As other major sectors of the global economy reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enact more sustainable business practices, the maritime shipping sector is at risk of falling behind and increasing its share of global emissions – from 3% today to 10% by 2050. High ambition from corporate customers of the maritime industry is critical to ensure the transition to zero-emission fuels begins in earnest by the mid-2020s, achieves scalability by 2030, vastly outcompetes fossil-fuel powered shipping by 2040, and fully decarbonises the maritime transport sector by 2050 at the latest.

Irigoyen concluded: “If we are to see a vast global fleet of zero-emission vessels on the water by 2040, we need accelerated investment in that transition today. This growing roster of coZEV 2040 signatories that represent a wide range of industries, boosts our sense of optimism that we can eliminate the climate impact of even the hardest to abate sectors. But first mover action in this space isn’t enough. We’re hopeful that global and regional policy action, such as the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act in the United States, the ongoing discussions in the European Union on their Fit For 55 policy, and the upcoming International Maritime Organization meetings, provide concrete policy wins that match cargo owners’ ambition to achieve the clean energy future we all deserve.”

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