Low Carbon Sea Transport
As of: September 2020
Objective and activities
Shipping is the most important economic sector in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which is severely threatened by rising sea levels. The national shipping fleet depends on imported fuels and these are also a major source of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. The project supports the Marshall Islands in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transport costs in domestic maritime transport. To this end, low-emission drive technologies are first developed and evaluated technically and economically. This stage is followed by the practical testing of a new ship which will be built for the national fleet, using selected low-emission technologies. The ship’s crew will also receive the necessary training. The project intends to send out a strong regional and global signal for the decarbonisation of sea transport. The accompanying policy advice also supports the Government of the Marshall Islands and the Pacific States by helping them to represent their own interests and those of the region at the UN climate negotiations and within the IMO. /
State of implementation/results
- In August 2018, the "Management and Technical Advisory Committee"" (MTAC) of the project was founded in Majuro.
- In the same month, a planning workshop was held with project partners, members of the GIZ and international experts. It was decided that the project would implement measures on the topics of inside atoll transport, logistics, training, upscaling, and high-level policy support.