Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg made the opening speech at Nor-Shipping 2019, during which she called the shipping industry to urgently pursue decarbonisation. She also warned that regulators are going to get far more strict on the sector soon. She believes however that there is a solution to these problems, which in fact can be found in the ocean.
Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, CEO at TOTOTHEO MARITIME & President at WISTA International, defines what sustainability means for shipping, referring to its three pillars – economic, social and environmental – and addressing also key steps to take for action.
Maritime still needs a better understanding of sustainability benefits and impacts, says Lloyd’s Register Global Sustainability Manager Katharine Palmer who acknowledges transparency and decarbonisation in connection with digitalisation as the defining trends toward 2050.
The shipping industry is a leader in the campaign for achieving a zero-carbon future, however more needs to be done, in order to truly meet the targets for making ships and ports more environmentally-friendly. That was the opinion of Greek ship owners and international experts.
Ferry company Norled and the shipyard Westcon have signed a contract for the construction of two new ferries. One of them will be the world’s first car ferry that sails on hydrogen and the other will be a battery-powered ferry. The two ferries are expected to be ready in March and May 2021.
A group of six Nordic industry companies has formed a partnership to develop new infrastructure for green fuels for ships. The initiative is called Zero Emission Energy Distribution at Sea (ZEEDS) and consists of Wärtsilä, Equinor, DFDS, Kvaerner, Aker Solutions, and Grieg Star.
The Offshore Wind Industry Council informed that a major programme of work has been launched to ensure that the UK’s low-carbon energy system efficiently leverages the increasingly large proportion of electricity that is generated from renewable sources, including offshore wind. The new research project, Solving the Integration Challenge, is a vital part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal announced by Government and industry in March.
A cooperation of companies within the maritime and wind turbine industry is able to give the solution that can provide the world fleet with a climate friendly marine fuel. This would be a marine fuel that does not release any carbon dioxides, sulphur oxides or soot particles. As the Global Maritime Forum notes, decarbonisation can be achieved with the use of electro fuels.
The UK government will support a multi-million pound Aberdeen underwater engineering hub, aiming to assist the oil industry switch into green energy. According to Prime Minister, Theresa May, the initiative aspires to create new jobs and help businesses thrive. The UK wants to help Scotland become a key destination for subsea engineering, an industry that in the UK supports 45,000 jobs and 1,000 companies.
According to the Committee on Climate Change, the UK can end its contribution to global warming within 30 years by setting an ambitious new target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. The CCC’s recommended targets, which cover all sectors of the UK, Scottish and Welsh economies, can be achieved with known technologies, along with improvements in people’s lives , and should be put into law.
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