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Ghana Joins Global Effort for Green Maritime Future

23rd Sep 2023 | PR UNIT

The Minister for Transport, Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has affirmed the country’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the maritime sector, acknowledging the looming climate crisis and the urgency to address its implications.

The Minister speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, addressed the pressing issue of the environmental impact of the Blue Ocean Economy and outlined Ghana's dedication to transitioning to eco-friendly shipping practices.

He said Ghana had officially joined the international coalition for Green Shipping and stressed Ghana's commitment to implementing the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 2023 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Strategy.

“By joining the coalition, Ghana has pledged to support research, development, and implementation of energy-efficient technologies aimed at achieving zero emissions in the shipping industry. The country aims to promote sustainable shipping practices that align with the goals of the Paris Agreement”, he stated.

The Minister highlighted the importance of collaboration, stating, that Ghana was ready to collaborate and work alongside countries and industry leaders to develop innovative solutions that promoted clean and efficient shipping practices. He also emphasised the need for equal access to sustainable technologies, particularly for developing and least-developed countries.

“Ghana's commitment to the Green Shipping Coalition is deeply rooted in its determination to play a pivotal role in the global effort to combat climate change. It is also significant to ensure that the transition to zero-emission shipping is equitable, protecting both marine life and the well-being of citizens.

Hon. Ofori Asiamah stated that member countries should work together with a shared vision, to forge a path towards a more sustainable, environmentally responsible, and equitable maritime industry for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Hon Minister apart from addressing the General Assembly, participated in roundtable discussions on the Green Shipping Coalition and the African Solutions for a Green and Prosperous Energy Future.

 He also took part in the High-Level plenary session on the Credibility of Net Zero and the President’s launch of the Accelerating Decarbonization through Collaboration and Implementation Conference.