A new collaboration between six organisations, called ‘Electromobility for Shipping’, intends to promote shipping electrification, with the aim of a more sustainable future in the maritime sector. The organisations will jointly contribute to climate-smart shipping, international competitiveness and increased export opportunities for green technologies.
Global energy demand rose by 2.1% in 2017, more than twice the previous year’s rate, boosted by strong economic growth, with oil, gas and coal meeting most of the increase in demand for energy, and renewables seeing impressive gains, according to IEA. As a result, energy-related carbon emissions increased by 1.4% in 2017, after three years of remaining flat.
After renewable energy production experienced its uptake in 2016, 165 gigawatts of new capacity are now supplied from clean sources. In this new reality there are three countries which will responsible for two-thirds of global renewable energy expansion to 2022: China, USA, and India.
The Isle of Canna was granted £1.3m to build a solar battery storage project. Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification will own and operate the project, as well as lease the old generators and cables from the owner National Trust for Scotland. Almost all of Canna’s electricity needs will be supplied by solar panels and six small wind turbines.
MEPC 72nd session will take place from 9 to 13 April 2018, at IMO Headquarters in London. MEPC 72 will focus on five key issues: Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships; Implementation of sulphur 2020 limit; Ballast water management treaty implementation; Measures to reduce risks of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil as fuel by ships in Arctic; and Marine litter.
The Government of Ontario has accepted Damen’s proposal to build two ferries with full electric propulsion, to operate in the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes. The vessels will be the first fully electric, non-cable vessels in Canada, estimated to reduce emissions by the equivalent of 7 million kg carbon dioxide per year.
The Latin America Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre, part of a global network established to further efforts to combat climate change, was launched in Panama, on 13 March. The centre, hosted by the Universidad Marítima Internacional de Panamá (UMIP), is one of five such centres set up under the GMN project.
Canada’s Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, announced the recipients of funding of more than $1.3 million through two programs aiming to remove abandoned boats from Canadian coastlines, under the Oceans Protection Plan, a $1.5 billion investment initiative aiming to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways.
Marc Garneau, the Canadian Minister of Transport, announced that under the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada will launch pilot projects for the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness initiative and will invest in measures to reduce the underwater noise impacting Southern Resident Killer Whales.
The Liberian Registry, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, ProSea Marine Education, and Maritime Training Services of Seattle, Washington, cooperated to develop a marine environmental awareness training program for seafarers and staff working shoreside.
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