Union Minister launches India’s first Centre of Excellence for Green Port & Shipping

Source: The post is based on the articleUnion Minister launches India’s first Centre of Excellence for Green Port & Shippingpublished in PIB on 20th November 2022.

What is the News?

The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways  has announced India’s first National Centre of Excellence for Green Port & Shipping(NCoEGPS).

What is the National Centre of Excellence for Green Port & Shipping(NCoEGPS)?

NCoEGPS is an initiative by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways(MoPSW).

Purpose: To develop a regulatory framework and alternate technology adoption roadmap for Green Shipping to foster carbon neutrality and circular economy (CE) in the shipping sector in India. 

Knowledge Partner: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is the knowledge and implementation partner for this project.

The center will be working under the framework of the Sagarmala programme of the MoPSW.

Functions of the Centre: The centre will act as a technological arm of MoPSW for providing the needed support on Policy, Research and Cooperation on Green Shipping areas.

– The Center will be a host of several technological arms to support the port and shipping sector and will provide solutions to a variety of problems being faced in the industry through scientific research. 

– It will also carry out valuable education, applied research and technology transfer in maritime transportation at the local, regional, national and International levels.

What are the steps India is taking towards combating climate change?

Maritime Sector: The Indian Ports aims to reduce Carbon emissions per ton of cargo handled by 30% by 2030. 

The Maritime Vision Document 2030 is a 10 Year blueprint on India’s vision of a sustainable Maritime sector and vibrant blue economy. 

India has been selected as the first country under the IMO Green Voyage 2050 project to conduct a pilot project related to Green Shipping.

INDC’s: India is well on its way to achieve the Nationally Determined Contributions(NDC)  targets and has already achieved more than 24.5% share of Renewable Energy(RE) in total Installed Capacity. 

– Note: Globally, today India stands 4th in RE power capacity, 4th in Wind power, and 5th in Solar Power capacity.

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