Taiwan’s two largest shipping carriers have reduced their carbon emissions by 40 percent, seven years ahead of a goal set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-tsai said on Monday 22 May.

Wang made the remarks at a side event on green marine transport at the 11th APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting in Detroit, Michigan.

Of the world’s top 20 shipping firms, three are based in Taiwan, including Evergreen Marine Corp, Yang Ming Marine Transport and Wan Hai Lines, Wang said.

Collectively, they account for more than 10 percent of global shipping capacity and are implementing measures to attain the ideals of green marine transport, he said.

Yang Ming and Evergreen Marine have reduced their carbon emissions by 40 percent, a goal the IMO said should be achieved by 2030, he said.

Taiwanese shipping firms plan to procure 33 dual-fuel eco-friendly ships and 46 low-carbon ships, and continue to increase the proportion of shore power used by their fleets, he said.

Yang Ming and Wan Hai joined the Silk Alliance, which was launched by the Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub to develop a “Green Corridor Cluster” beginning with intra-Asia container trade, he said.

Wang exchanged views on the “Green Maritime Corridor” and electric vehicles with US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and interacted with transportation heads from Chile, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand, the ministry said.

Source: Sagar Sandesh