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Canada’s latest course for green shipping isn’t clearly charted – National Observer

December 21st 2023

Canada is getting cautious kudos with the launch of a blueprint for green marine transport and a new international agreement to create a zero-emissions shipping corridor on the West Coast.

Essentially zero-emission trade routes, green shipping corridors involve two or more ports that provide reliable access to emerging low-emission shipping fuels, like hydrogen ammonia and e-methanol.

These trade routes aim to reduce emissions from shipping activities, encouraging innovation in ship design and operations, scaling up the production and infrastructure of alternative fuels to displace oil and gas and the electrification of port operations.

However, the federal government’s newest green shipping channel and initial framework to fully decarbonize marine transport by 2050 doesn’t map out sufficient resources, its partners or any actual emissions targets or measures.

Transport Canada announced its awaited Green Shipping Corridor Program and $165 million to help decarbonize the marine sector along major routes on the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and Canada’s east and west coasts during the recent UN climate summit, COP28, in Dubai.

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