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Singapore: MPA, SSA, GCNS in MOU to support maritime carbon management

27 Sep 2021

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), and the Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday (24 September) at a virtual ceremony. 

Under the MOU, the three parties will cooperate in the following areas to support the development of capabilities in carbon accounting amongst maritime companies in Singapore.

  • Training: Conduct training courses on carbon reporting, monitoring and management for local maritime companies affiliated with SSA. 
  • Support and Recognition: Support local maritime companies in their journey to track and monitor their carbon emissions, and to recognise companies in their emissions reduction.
  • Sharing of Best Practices: Develop a guide on maritime sector carbon reporting.

The first run of the training courses will start in the first week of October. In addition to learning best practices in emissions management and reduction, trainees from participating companies will experience using the Carbon and Emissions Reporting Tool (CERT) as a starting point to measure and monitor their emissions. Developed by GCNS with input from the National Environment Agency, CERT is designed to simplify the process of recording emissions data. 

“A collective effort is key to helping the local maritime industry achieve their decarbonisation goals. MPA is pleased to partner with GCNS to tap on its expertise on corporate sustainability, as well as to tap on the industry know-how and network of SSA in this critical endeavour to help maritime companies transit to a more sustainable future,” says Ms. Quah.

“As a key maritime stakeholder, SSA can contribute to the IMO 2050 decarbonisation goals by steering our members and the shipping community to undertake carbon accounting, and embrace efforts towards reducing carbon footprint. We hope this collaboration with MPA and GCNS will enable the shipping industry to do our part towards decarbonisation,” Mr Phoon.

“Decarbonisation has become a global imperative for countries and businesses alike. As a key engine of Singapore’s economy, the maritime industry has great potential to steer actions and progress on decarbonisation. GCNS is delighted to partner with MPA and SSA to help companies chart their paths towards a low-carbon future,” adds Ms Chang.

Through an MOU signed in 2017, MPA partnered GCNS to provide maritime companies with training on sustainability reporting. The MOU was extended in 2020 till 2023 to promote carbon management and awareness amongst maritime companies.

Note: Refer to the Annex for joint objectives of the MOU.


Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 27 September, 2021

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