EASAC: EU climate policy 2019 should include CO2 removing technologies

The European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) says technologies and techniques for removing CO2 from the atmosphere are becoming even more significant with the failure to reverse the growth in global emissions. However, it re-emphasizes that mitigation must remain the highest priority, including the rapid development of viable CCS technology..

BP: CO2 emissions continue to rise up to 2040

In its new Energy Outlook for 2019, BP foresees that carbon emissions increase further, with the power sector the main source of emissions. In the ET scenario, CO2 emissions from energy use continue to edge up through much of the Outlook, increasing by around 7% by 2040.

Port or Rotterdam, partners prepare Carbon Capture Usage and Storage project

Port of Rotterdam Authority, Gasunie and EBN are preparing a Carbon Capture Usage and Storage project, in which CO2 from industry will be transported to storage sites in depleted gas fields deep beneath the North Sea seabed. The three companies are cooperating on preparing this project, under the name Porthos: Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub & Offshore Storage.

Watch: Arctic Council launches ship traffic data

The Arctic Council’s Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) has launched a comprehensive Arctic shipping activity database, to enhance knowledge of historical Arctic ship traffic activity and the factors that affect it, as sea ice extent, meteorological and oceanographic conditions and international regulations. The database is designed to allow authorized users to analyze vessel traffic patterns, fuel use and air emissions, among other economic and environmental conditions.

ICS: Greenhouse gas reduction is a priority

As the 2020 deadline for the sulphur cap gets nearer, ICS reviewed progress in persuading the IMO to take measures to address expected implementation problems. This includes safety and fuel compatibility issues regarding the use of new 0.5% sulphur blends and continuing uncertainty over the availability of compliant fuels in every port globally.  

H-vision in favour of blue hydrogen for a green future

In H-vision sixteen parties, mainly from the port of Rotterdam industrial area, partner in a study to explore the large-scale production and application of blue hydrogen in the Rotterdam industrial area. The goal is to supply decarbonized energy by replacing natural gas and coal with blue hydrogen. It is also studying how residual gases from the refining and chemical industry can be utilized to further enhance sustainability.

US energy-related CO2 emissions to decrease in 2019-2020

EIA recently published a ‘Short-Term Energy Outlook’, according to which energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 2.8% in 2018 but are expected to decrease in 2019 and 2020. Yet, 2018 is the largest energy related CO2 emissions since 2010. Despite the fact that emissions from petroleum, that commonly account for the majority of total CO2, emissions from natural gas on the other hand rose by 10%, driving the overall increase in 2018.

Watch: Quantifying an organization’s CO2 emissions

Scope 3 emissions, those involved directly in an organizations’ business operations, often represent the largest source of a company’s carbon output. A new animated video issued by RightShip shows how maritime organisations measure and offset their supply chain emissions using a Carbon Accounting tool. 

LR designs a pathway to a zero-carbon shipping industry

Lloyd’s Register (LR) will launch a new study looking at how shipping can be made a ‘zero-carbon industry’. According to LR’s statement, the study will be issued on January 29, and is a part of its  Low Carbon Pathways 2050 Series. LR noted that in order to achieve at least a 50% reduction in CO2 by 2050, it is of a great importance for Zero-emission vessels (ZEVs) to enter the fleet around 2030. 

Norway awards Equinor exploitation permit for CO2-storage

Equinor has been awarded an exploitation permit for CO2-storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, according to Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The storage solution is part of the large-scale carbon capture and storage-project in Norway. If approved, the storage is set to begin operations in 2023 or 2024, Gassnova, a governmental agency in charge of developing the CCS project, reported.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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