Decarbonisation of the Cyprus Maritime Sector – Overview


In their efforts to reduce emissions to net-zero and create resilient maritime hubs, the British High Commission, the Cyprus University of Technology, the Cyprus Energy Agency and Chrysalis LEAP, co-organised an event titled “Decarbonisation of the Cyprus Maritime Sector”. The event, which took place at the Limassol Nautical Club, on September 24th, 2020 was held under the auspices of the Shipping Deputy Ministry of Cyprus.

The event is part of the Net-Zero Emissions Resilient Maritime Hubs project, funded by EIT Climate-KIC, EU’s main climate innovation initiative. The aim of the Net-Zero, Resilient Maritime Hubs project is the early adoption of a portfolio of innovative strategies and solutions, which will accelerate transformation in the maritime sector in order to meet the International Maritime Organisation Strategy’s (IMO) target of a 50% reduction in shipping GHG emissions (based on 2008 levels) by 2050.

During the morning session of the event, a workshop was held, involving relevant stakeholders to identify the main challenges and barriers in Cyprus and to create a Roadmap for the transition of Cyprus’ Maritime Industry to a low-carbon economy by 2050. The British High Commission supported the effort by sharing UK expertise of the Clean Maritime plan, as part of its efforts to secure net zero commitment by 2050 in the United Nations Climate conference set to take place in Glasgow in 2021.

In the afternoon a public seminar was organized, where Ms Diane Gilpin of Smart Green Shipping, Ms Olivia Flynn of Department for Transport Maritime and Mr Zacharias Siokouros of Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute – CMMI, spoke about issues related to the shipping sector both in Cyprus and in Great Britain. All presentations made throughout the day can be found here.