MARINA, GGGI collaborate on green maritime initiatives

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MARINA, GGGI collaborate on green maritime initiatives
  • The Maritime Industry Authority and the Global Green Growth Institute signed an MOU to advance green growth initiatives in the maritime industry
  • The MOU aims to bolster sustainability in the Philippines’ maritime sector, aligning with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement
  • The partnership will promote a greener maritime sector focusing on decarbonization, creating a collaboration ecosystem, fostering synergy among stakeholders for sustainable transport
  • It includes knowledge exchange on effective decarbonization strategies, facilitating knowledge development in the maritime sector, and supporting MARINA’s commitment to energy efficiency

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) are collaborating to advance green growth initiatives in the maritime industry.

The two signed on February 14 a memorandum of understanding, which aims to bolster sustainability in the Philippines’ maritime sector, aligning with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Committing to promote a greener maritime sector with a focus on decarbonization, the partnership aims to create a collaboration ecosystem, fostering synergy among stakeholders for sustainable transport initiatives.

The agreement outlines joint activities, including knowledge exchange on effective decarbonization strategies, facilitating knowledge development in the maritime sector, and supporting MARINA’s commitment to energy efficiency.

MARINA and GGGI will also be collaborating on decarbonization efforts in compliance with international conventions, protocols, and agreements on marine environment protection.

GGGI country representative Marcel Silvius and MARINA administrator Sonia Malaluan signed the MOU, witnessed by key officials from both organizations.

Silvius expressed optimism about the collaboration, emphasizing the importance of actualizing ideas and visions on green growth.

“(We) will push or pull a little bit, and perhaps bring forth fresh and new ideas, new innovation in the process,” he said in a statement and expressed support for future collaboration after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. approved the 10-year Maritime Industry Development Plan 2028.

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Malaluan, acknowledging the urgency of addressing climate change, highlighted the “unprecedented challenge” the world faces. “The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a low or zero carbon maritime/shipping has never been more urgent,” she said.

“We do not have a choice but to foster cooperation on green growth. It is a necessity for the challenges posed by climate change are too great for any one country or organization to tackle alone,” she added.

The MOU sets the stage for joint initiatives, research projects, and policy recommendations, supporting the Philippines’ transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient maritime industry, according to MARINA.