Discover CleanTech, Issue 02, April 2022

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Shipping Feature

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News

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Discover CleanTech

UK government sets sights on a greener shipping industry The UK government has launched an ambitious plan to take shipping back in time by hundreds of years – but only in terms of emissions. BY JASON DEIGN

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A new unit within the Department for Transport (DfT), called the UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions (UK SHORE), is looking to award £206 million in funding towards research into clean maritime technologies. The move is the first time the UK government has created an office purely dedicated to greening the maritime industry and is the single biggest investment in green shipping in the past hundred years, the DfT says. Its aim is to improve the sustainability of the shipping sector and create skilled jobs across the UK. “I want UK SHORE to take the industry back to the future,” says UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. “The age of the sail was the first green maritime age; new technology will bring us to a second green age.” Turning the tide for green shipping could create “thousands of new jobs,” he adds, “from masterful shipbuilding to the high-tech sailors of tomorrow.” UK SHORE builds on the success of a Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, launched in 2021. The government April 2022

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