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Monday, September 23, 2019 

The Getting to Zero Coalition, a partnership which supports the transition to a decarbonised maritime sector and aims to reach the goals of the IMO’s Initial GHG Strategy, has attracted several prominent maritime organisations as founding signatories.

As well as Lloyd's Register and MAN Energy Solutions (see separate news stories), ABS and CIMAC have joined the coalition, which is a partnership between the Global Maritime Forum, Friends of Ocean Action, and the World Economic Forum, bringing together leading stakeholders from across the shipping sector and related value chains. The coalition was announced at the UN Climate Action Summit at UN Headquarters in New York today. It involves more than 51 companies, representing some of the maritime industry’s leading businesses, committing to support the transition to zero emission vessels (ZEV) by 2030.

“The greatest challenge of our generation – and the next – will be the decarbonisation of the shipping industry,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. “ABS is committed to ensuring the transition to a low-carbon and clean-emissions future is achieved through solutions that meet the highest safety standards, are commercially viable, and technically feasible. That is why ABS is proud to be amongst the first to join the Getting to Zero Coalition.”

CIMAC encourages a technology-neutral approach to decarbonize deep-sea shipping. “There is a need to gather maritime stakeholders to work together on solutions to reduce greenhouse gases from shipping, especially through the development of alternative and carbon-neutral fuels”, said Peter Müller-Baum, CIMAC Secretary General. Questions concerning production, distribution, storage and bunkering of these fuels evolve around the development of ZEVs. Market drivers and policies need to be explored that can enable the transition. By joining the initiative, CIMAC can contribute to shaping the future of the industry.

“CIMAC supports the initiative in tackling the problem of climate change and its ambition to reach the 2050 targets set out by the IMO. The Getting to Zero Coalition can foster the urgent change we need. The scale and complexity of the task ahead requires a broad and committed coalition like this”, said Paolo Tonon, CIMAC VP Communication.

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