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Wednesday, October 9, 2019 

As climate change protests hit the streets, UK Chamber of Shipping CEO Bob Sanguinetti has stated that Britain has been at the forefront of clean energy and global efforts to fight climate change.

The UK has cut emissions by over 40% – faster than any other G20 country – while growing the economy by more than two thirds, however, says Sanguinetti, we need to do more.

"Maritime transport is already one of the most sustainable ways of moving people and goods. We need to utilise the best and the brightest in our industry to develop the green technologies of tomorrow," he says.

The Department for Transport's Maritime 2050 strategy and Clean Maritime Planwill require all-new ships trading in UK waters, both international and domestic, to be designed with zero-emission capable technologies.

"The targets set are a huge challenge," says Sanguinetti. "It is a challenge because the technologies needed to achieve the 2050 target do not currently exist at a scale or in a form which is commercially viable, especially for long voyages. And so, to achieve this target, I believe we need a green industrial revolution which will harness the best talents we have across this maritime nation. We will need concerted R & D activity, led and incentivised by government, and supported by the industry, manufacturers, academics and innovators."

He concludes "The world is warming too quickly. We all know that; the science is clear. And if we are to tackle the greatest challenge of our generation, we need a green industrial revolution which encourages better co-ordination between industry, entrepreneurs and academia. The UK has already shown great leadership in becoming the first nation to commit to net-zero by 2050. By working together, I believe the UK can lead the world as a forward looking, innovative, maritime nation." 

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