Making clean shipping a global norm
If the world is to achieve the Paris Agreement’s long-term temperature goal, it is crucial that the inland shipping and short-sea sectors substantially reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and do so fast. Within the Netherlands, freight transport represents almost a quarter of total national emissions, 5% of which comes from inland shipping. That is why, the Dutch national and provincial governments, port authorities, maritime associations, shipping and transport companies, banks and research institutes agreed to a Green Deal to help make clean shipping the global norm.
With nearly 6,000 kilometres of navigable waterways and the largest fleet of inland vessels in Europe, the Netherlands feels a sense of urgency to adopt climate-neutral supply chains and wants to inspire others to join in. Zero Emission Services (ZES) is putting forward a Dutch flagship initiative to facilitate the transition from diesel-powered to emission-free inland shipping and short-sea sailing, befitting of the 2020 World Maritime Day theme: sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet.