China Classification Society (CCS) on Friday (19 November) said it is committed to pledge a new initiative for data-driven green global logistic supply chains.
The group made its pledge during one of China’s prime shipping conferences, the North Bund Forum in Shanghai, where it was one of 15 organisations including COSCO, the International Chamber of Shipping and the World Shipping Council to sign the 2021 Shanghai Initiative.
The Shanghai initiative aims to restore the global logistics supply chains affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and greater co-operation in the use of new-generation information technologies including big data, the Internet of Things (IoT) block chains and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The signatories committed to work jointly to drive forward the innovation and application of green, low-carbon technologies and to implement practical measures to cut global greenhouse gas emissions.
The parties also called for more cooperation in building safe, smooth and green global logistics supply chains.
The North Bund Forum was hosted by Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and Ministry of Transport and organised by the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission, Shanghai Hongkou District, Cosco Shipping and Shanghai International Ports Group.
Speakers include the Vice Minister of Transport, People’s Republic of China, Vice Mayor of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin and the Secretary-General of IMO Kitack Lim.
CCS presented its 2021 Low-carbon Development Outlook for Shipping in-depth report which analysed the evolution of greenhouse gas emission reduction mechanisms in international shipping and the effects of policies and measures implemented internationally and regionally.
The report also looked at existing energy-saving and energy-efficiency technologies and the development of low-carbon and zero-carbon fuel technologies in the marine sector. Examining the challenges of low-carbon shipping and the technical development routes needed to see the industry complete its journey to zero carbon.
CCS further hosted a Digitalisation and Intelligence seminar at the forum presided over by Mo Jianhui, President of CCS, which was attended by representatives from domestic and foreign government agencies and members of the global shipping industry.
“Trust and sharing were crucial when it came to harnessing the benefits of digitalization,” says Mr Jianhui.
“Only when data is applied can it generate value. The whole industry must build a culture of data sharing, based on the principle of avoiding damaging one’s own interests.”
“CCS will also continue to enhance cooperation, promote development and build data service sharing platforms for the industry,” he adds.
He notes it would look at the application of shipping data based on blockchains and study security governance mechanisms and sharing regulation standards to help improve the digital collaboration capabilities of the industry.
He also told delegates: “CCS will master the new opportunities and new challenges faced by the shipping industry, and work with it to make contributions to green, low-carbon shipping development.”
Nearly 150 experts and stakeholders came together to exchange opinions, discuss, share ideas and build consensus around the opportunities, challenges and counter measures created by new digital intelligent technologies.
Photo credit: China Classification Society
Published: 22 November, 2021
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