The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), in collaboration with the maritime industries, research institutes, and public organizations, developed the “Roadmap to Zero Emission from International Shipping”, in March 2020. Along with the Roadmap, we will work on the research, development and demonstration of necessary zero-emission technologies and on development of relevant IMO rules. As the milestone of our challenge, we will endeavor to realize the first-generation “Zero Emission Ship” being introduced by 2028.
- Amid globally growing momentum for decarbonization to address the climate change, the international shipping sector, where the demand is forecasted to continuously increase, has set the international target※ to phase out the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as soon as possible in this century.
※The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted the “initial IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG emissions from Ships” in April 2018, setting quantified GHG reduction targets: (1) to reduce carbon intensity (CO2 emissions per transport work) of international shipping by at least 40% by 2030, (2) to reduce the total annual GHG emissions from international shipping by at least 50% by 2050, and (3) to phase out GHG emissions from international shipping as soon as possible, in this century.
- Japan is one of the major players in global shipping and shipbuilding sectors. In order to actively contribute to such international actions to tackle the climate change, MLIT, in collaboration with the industrial, academic, and public sectors, established the “Shipping Zero Emission Project”, (organized by Japan Ship Technology Research Association (JSTRA) and MLIT, with the support from the Nippon Foundation), under which future prospects of shipping and the ways to achieve decarbonization of international shipping have been discussed and examined.
- As the first deliberated outcome of the Project, the “Roadmap to Zero Emission from International Shipping”, which provide emission pathways for achieving zero emissions in this century and plan of actions to realize the pathways, has been developed.
- In the Roadmap, four different the concept designs for Zero Emission Ships were developed. We endeavor to realize the first-generation Zero Emission Ship being introduced by 2028.