Green corridors expand in number and maturation, new report finds

The 2023 Annual Progress Report on Green Shipping Corridors shows that green corridor initiatives are expanding and maturing but a number of challenges old and new could still prevent green corridors from unlocking wider maritime decarbonisation.

December 01 2023

A new report from the Global Maritime Forum, prepared on behalf of the Getting to Zero Coalition, reveals a doubling of green corridor initiatives, increased maturity of existing projects, and a significant increase in the number of stakeholders involved.

The second edition of the Annual Progress Report on Green Shipping Corridors reveals that the number of green corridor initiatives around the world went from 21 to 44 over the past year, and finds substantial maturation among existing corridors, with multiple corridors clearing a progress stage, deciding on their priority fuels, and setting targets for operation. Beyond the numbers, ample evidence points to green corridors triggering pre-investment activity.

The report, released in conjunction with COP28, says that 2024 will prove pivotal for green corridors, which are defined as specific trade routes where the feasibility of zero-emission shipping is catalysed by public and private action. Along with the marked advancements, the report also identifies several emerging challenges that will need to be overcome as green shipping corridors move closer to implementation, including the need to make key fuel decisions and secure both commercial arrangements and governmental support.

“It is, of course, encouraging to see the emergence of so many new green corridor initiatives and the increased maturity of existing green corridors, but the other side of this maturation has been the unearthing of a new set of challenges as the corridors move closer to implementation,” says Jesse Fahnestock, the Global Maritime Forum’s project director for decarbonisation.

The doubling of announced green corridor initiatives over the past year was driven by increased governmental efforts to establish green corridors and continued industry and port efforts. Shipping companies, ports and the third sector represent over half of the 171 stakeholders involved in green corridors. Direct engagement from 18 governments, with 19 initiatives featuring either public or public-private leadership, primarily led by the United Kingdom and the United States, highlights the growing awareness of green corridors’ potential to unlock wider decarbonisation within the global maritime trade.

The report also demonstrates how, as corridors move closer to implementation, new problems emerge and pre-existing issues resurface in new ways. The complexity of governing corridors as cross-sectoral, multi-stakeholder initiatives continues to slow down progress within multiple categories. On the commercial front, the report reveals gaps in understanding of which business and financing arrangements can enable deployment, while it finds that on the policy front, the need for implementation support requires an increase in government resources and capacity.

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About the Getting to Zero Coalition

The Getting to Zero Coalition is an industry-led platform for collaboration that brings together leading stakeholders from across the maritime and fuels value chains, the financial sector and others committed to making commercially viable zero-emission vessels a scalable reality by 2030, towards full decarbonisation by 2050. It is managed by the Global Maritime Forum and was founded together with the World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action in 2019.

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