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Greenland’s Prime Minister to Keynote ZESTAs COP26 Burns Supper

Múte Bourup Egede | Nordic cooperation

Major Governmental Announcement Expected

Prime Minister of Greenland, Múte Bourup Egede, will be delivering the keynote address at ZESTAs COP26 Burns Supper on Monday, November 1st hosted by SHIFT clean energy. The supper will conclude the first day of SHIP ZERO hosted by ZESTAs (Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association) in Glasgow, as part of the COP26 activities.  It is expected that the Prime Minister will be announcing a major Greenland government initiative relating to fossil fuel use.

“With the Arctic warming at a rate three times faster than the rest of the world, we are in Greenland experiencing the drastic changes first-hand” stated the Prime Minister. “The science is alarming, and our collective actions must be accelerated. That is why the Government of Greenland has announced an immediate halt to all new oil and gas explorations and is putting all efforts into developing our green energy sources. We believe that Greenland can become an important partner for zero-emission shipping. We have huge untapped hydropower resources that exceed our domestic demand multiple times, which can generate cheap renewable electricity for e-fuels, and we have an infrastructure well suited for being early adapters.”

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“Ship ZERO0 – Charging to True Zero” is a three-day workshop including robust technical presentations from zero-emissions solutions providers, as well as finance, insurance, classification sectors, and regulators. Speakers’ panels, audience Q&A, and brainstorming sessions will follow each session to facilitate collaborative solution building, as well as give stakeholders an opportunity to examine how solutions will fit with their individual business cases. The event takes place well before COP26 transport day, which will give the team of researchers and stakeholders time to summarize the outcomes to be taken in consideration by regulators beforehand.

“We are honored that Prime Minister Egede will be making such a pivotal keynote address as part of our event”, stated Madadh MacLaine, Secretary-General of ZESTAs, “His leadership will resonate around the globe as we address a zero-emission future.”

Highlights of the SHIP ZERO conference include a keynote by Peter Thomson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations as well as the UNSG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean on A healthy planet requires a healthy ocean, a healthy ocean requires clean shipping;  Why Zero Emissions Needs Better Battery Safety Standards, delivered by Brent Perry, ZESTAs Board Chair and CEO of SHIFT; and How Financiers, Insurers and Cargo owners can enable innovation and accelerate the transition to true zero emissions from Michael Parker, Chairman of Global Shipping, Citibank and Chairman of the Poseidon Principles Association.

Registration is still open, and media are welcome. Go to https://zestas.org/ship-zero/

On another side the Diamond sponsor, Shift Clean Energy, has announced the launch of PwrSwäp, a ground-breaking pay-as-you-go clean energy supply service that also includes swappable batteries. Shift Clean Energy changed its name this week from Sterling Plan B Energy Solutions, and will make another major announcement on Monday at COP26.

About ZESTAs

The Zero Emissions Ship Technology Association promotes the rapid and large-scale uptake of Zero Emissions Ship Technology (ZEST).  Zero emissions mean zero GHG emissions at the point of use on the vessel with minimal upstream impacts.  By combining zero-emission technologies, it is possible to achieve zero emissions at the shipboard level faster.  With today’s technologies, the shipping industry can achieve fully zero-emissions now, particularly on smaller return to base vessels, as well as drastically reduce emissions on larger, ocean-going vessels with more complicated operational profiles.

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