Marine Shipping – Reducing Climate Impacts

The shipping industry is one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs). If it were a country, it would be the world’s sixth-biggest climate polluter, with global CO2 emissions greater than Germany. As a part of Canada’s climate and economic recovery plan, steps must be taken to address the local and global climate impacts of shipping.


$90 million over two years

Developing Policy Tools
•   $20 million over two years for policy research and stakeholder engagement to:

•   Develop a national shipping GHG and black carbon reduction strategy which includes absolute targets and timelines in line with keeping global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. The plan should also incorporate a comprehensive approach to reducing air pollution, Nitrous Oxide, Sulfur Oxide (NOx  and SOx), fine and ultrafine particulate matter, and methane. [TC,  ECCC]

Kick-starting Innovation

•   $20 million over two years for R&D and sea trials to meet the achievable target of 100% zero emission vessels in Canadian inland waters by 2030. [TC,  NRCan]

•   $10 million over two years towards a GHG reduction innovation fund to provide advisory and capacity building services to assist with design, retrofit and testing emerging technologies such as wind-assist, solar sails, autonomous technology and digitalization, and hull appendages, that would not only save on fuel but reduce GHGs and emission pollutants. [TC]

•   $40 million over two years to implement a national shore power plan which would ensure all vessels are equipped to accept shore power and ports are able to provide it. [TC, ECCC]

•   To enable this, the Green Budget Coalition recommends that funds be used to build shore power connections for ships to plug in, charge, or otherwise decarbonize cargo- handling and drayage equipment, and supply green alternative energy for zero- emission vessels, vehicles, and equipment.

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