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Sustainable transportation

Initiatives toward Zero Emission Shipping
Sustainable trade and shipping will play an indispensable role for the global recovery from COVID-19 pandemic, while the reduction of GHG emissions from shipping needs to be placed at one of the highest agenda.
In March 2020, Japan, one of the major maritime nations with related industries, has developed the “Roadmap to Zero Emissions from International Shipping”, which provides emission pathways for global decarbonization as soon as possible in this century and a plan of actions during this decade, with a view to leading and contributing to the global actions to tackle the climate challenge.
In effect, a number of projects have already been initiated developing energy-saving technologies for ships as well as zero carbon fueled ships in Japan for example:
– Carbon free battery propulsion ships (coastal ships already in service);
– Wind power propulsion ships utilizing hard sail system (coastal / ocean going ships under development);
– Ammonia-fueled ships (coastal / ocean going ships under development);
– Hydrogen-fueled ships utilizing fuel cells (coastal ships under development).
Japan, in cooperation with other countries and maritime industries and under the framework of international organizations such as International Maritime Organization (IMO), will further take initiatives and endeavor to accelerate realization of the first-generation zero emission ocean going ship being introduced in this decade and facilitate global uptake of such ships.

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