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Green shipping: Silver bullet to Africa's climate change woes

The shipping industry is not left out in the quest for a more sustainable future as the world grapples with climate change. From the bustling ports in Mombasa, Kenya to the shores of Cape Town, South Africa, players in the African maritime industry are making concerted efforts to green their operations. International shipping accounts for 2.2 per cent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the UNโ€™s International Maritime Organization (IMO), has a long-term goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent from 2008 levels by 2050. Achieving this target will require the fast-tracking of zero-emissions fuels and commercially viable ships by 2030 as these vessels will still be part of the ocean-going fleet in 2050. From innovative new fuels to cutting-edge propulsion systems,ย the race for green shippingย is heating up, and Africa is no exception. From the use of cleaner fuels to the adoption of digital platforms and the incorporation of solar power into port operations, the race for greener shipping is on. John Amingo, acting director Kenya Maritime Authority, emphasised the importance of decarbonization in the industry, stating that, โ€œitโ€™s not just the oil, but itโ€™s the procedures and the processes and the efficiency that enhance the arrival and departure of ships.โ€ He also highlighted the significance of embracing green energy in port operations and the need to incorporate solar power into their operations. Mangroves are also playing a vital role in the green revolution, as they absorb carbon dioxide from the air, Amingo stated that โ€œif there is a way that those who pollute can pay the extent to which theyโ€™re polluting and that money finds its way through a better process, then it motivates people to plant trees and mangroves and get money.โ€ one of the biggest challenges facing shipping is reducing emissions. According to Nancy Karigithu, Special Envoy for Blue Economy, investment in low-carbon shipping requires significant financial resources, which may not be available in many African countries. https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2001472666/green-shipping-silver-bullet-to-africa-s-climate-change-woes

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    Dear johnte ndeto Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to Government of Kenya and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Adam We Don't Have Time

    • Peter Kamau

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      I highly hail the players in the African maritime industry for having all their hands on deck to ensure that this industry makes consequential decarbonization efforts.

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      • Munene Mugambi

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        I have a deep interest is decarbonization of port activities

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        • Kevin

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          decarbonization is the way to go

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          • Tabitha Kimani

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            We must decarbonize the shipping transport sector. Its also very important for polluters to pay the damages they are causing.

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            • rosebellendiritu

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              @tabitha_kimani yeah they should take responsibility

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            • johnte ndeto

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              Achieving this target will require the fast-tracking of zero-emissions fuels and commercially viable ships by 2030 as these vessels will still be part of the ocean-going fleet in 2050.

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