MPA Chief Executive flags up plans to work with IEA on decarbonisation

Teo Eng Dih, the Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore, has reported on how the Asian mega hub plans to work with the International Energy Agency (IEA) to support shipping’s energy transition.

In a notice posted on LinkedIn today (29 April), the MPA Chief Executive said that, following on from a Memorandum of Understanding signed during Singapore Maritime Week, the port authority and the IEA will look to ‘develop and drive the adoption of: enhanced energy efficiency measures, low-/zero- carbon fuels, electrification, alternative propulsion, and various digital capabilities to support maritime decarbonisation’.

Singapore joined IEA as an Association Country in 2016, and will be hosting the IEA Regional Cooperation Centre expected to begin operations later this year.

In a statement issued on 17 April to mark the signing of the MoU, Tim Gould, Chief Energy Economist, IEA, said: ‘Shipping is one of the hardest sectors to decarbonise and we need to spur development and deployment of new technologies to slow and then reverse the rise in its emissions. This will require strong collaboration at a national and international level. We are committed to a close partnership with Southeast Asia, as witnessed by the recent announcement of our new IEA Regional Cooperation Centre in Singapore, the IEA’s first office outside of its headquarters in Paris, France. We now warmly welcome this MoU as a major step forward in our cooperation with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, a critical player in the region and the world, to improve access to low-emission fuels.’

While attending Singapore Maritime Week, Gould also spoke at the Accelerating Digitalisation & Decarbonisation Conference, where he said that today’s policies on a continued trajectory can help the demand for fossil fuels to peak by 2030, but emphasised that more ambitious policies and enforcement mechanisms are still needed to get global emissions on track to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

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Ian Taylor