India is aiming to become a leader in the global shipbuilding industry by launching the Green Tug Transition Programme (GTTP) and setting a goal of becoming a ‘Global Hub for Green Ship’ building by 2030. The GTTP will start with the production of Green Hybrid Tugs, which will run on Green Hybrid Propulsion systems, and eventually switch to alternative fuel sources like Methanol, Ammonia, and Hydrogen. Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW) and Ayush, Shri Sarbananda SonowaI has inauguarted the National Centre of Excellence in Green Port & Shipping (NCoEGPS) set-up in Gurugram, Haryana, and the Green Tugs will begin operating in major ports by 2025. By 2030, it is expected that 50% of all Tugs will be converted into Green Tugs, resulting in a significant reduction in emissions and contributing to the country’s sustainable development goals.
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India’s first National Centre of Excellence in Green Port & Shipping (NCoEGPS) is the outcome of a partnership between the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Government of India, and the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). NCoEGPS will act as the industry’s nodal entity, and the goal is to make India the ‘Global hub for building Green Ships’ by 2030. The Centre aims to play a crucial role in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 14) by sustainably managing and protecting marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, conserving ocean-based resources, and ensuring their sustainable use. Developing a regulatory framework and an alternative technology adoption roadmap for green shipping in India will be among the Centre’s responsibilities. The centre, which is located within the TERI complex in Gurugram, will work towards fulfilling India’s obligations under the Paris Agreement.
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