The Clydebank Declaration was launched at COP26 in November 2021 with initial supporters including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US. The governments of Morocco, Italy and Spain have since signed the pledge, taking the total number of signatories to 22, with more expected to join them in the near future.
What is the Clydebank Declaration?
Building on the Zero-Emissions Shipping Mission created in July 2021 by Denmark, Norway and the US, the initiative is designed to drive forward the decarbonisation targets set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in relation to sustainable shipping. The signatories have committed to establish six “green corridors” by 2025 – entirely decarbonised maritime routes (including land-side infrastructure and vessels) between two or more ports – to accelerate the development of zero-emission fuels, low-carbon enabling infrastructure and effective legislation and regulation. The plan is to then scale up the six pilot corridors by creating more routes, longer routes and/or growing the number of vessels sailing through the same routes.