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Ambition 1.5 shipping decarbonisation initiative shortlisted for GREEN4SEA award

The organisers of the Ambition 1.5ºC: Global Shipping’s Action Plan summit have announced that the high-impact initiative has been shortlisted for the 2018 GREEN4SEA Awards in the category recognising any organisation or association that sparked, realised, or significantly contributed with a specific initiative towards greener shipping.

Now in their third year, the GREEN4SEA awards have already won a place in the maritime calendar by basing their appreciation of environmental excellence and sustainable shipping on a public, online vote hosted on the GREEN4SEA website

The Ambition 1.5ºC: Global Shipping’s Action Plan summit gathered shipping’s most ambitious and commercially-savvy leaders, strategists and innovators to collaborate and co-develop an Action Plan for the decarbonisation of the industry in line with meeting the target of limiting global temperatures to 1.5ºC, as indicated in the Paris Agreement. The high-level group gathered to take action during the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn on 13th November 2017. 

Following the summit, a summary of the high ambition approaches agreed at the summit for the Action Plan development was immediately delivered to UNFCCC delegates, National delegation focal points, the UNFCCC secretariat and all relevant national policymakers giving. Work is now being undertaken to maintain the momentum created at the summit, with deliverables expected in coming months.

Catherine Austin, Managing Director, The Blue Green Events Company, says: “It is an honour for the Ambition 1.5 initiative to be shortlisted for the GREEN4SEA Awards 2018. The summit provided the platform needed for stakeholders in the industry to drive a business-focused approach to decarbonisation that pushes ahead of regulatory mechanisms. Progressions made during the summit coupled with making the GREEN4SEA shortlist is an important acknowledgement of wide consensus that shipping must contribute it’s ‘fair share’ of GHG reductions and to decarbonise quickly and deeply enough to meet the high ambition climate change target of limiting global temperatures to 1.5ºC.” 

Industry co-organisers of the Ambition 1.5ºC: Global Shipping’s Action Plan summit included Lloyd’s Register, MAN Diesel and Turbo, RightShip, MARIKO, Danish Shipping, International Windship Association (IWSA) and Green Ship of the Future. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), Carbon War Room and UMAS acted as advisors and the official event organisers were The Blue Green Events Company, Mantour Consultancy and Smart Green Shipping Alliance (SGSA). 

The summit was officially endorsed by a jury consisting of the UNFCCC partners; the incoming Fijian Presidency of COP23, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the City of Bonn and is an official Climate Partner for COP23. 

The winners of this year’s GREEN4SEA awards will be announced during a welcome reception and award ceremony on the evening of 6th March 2017.