Our special column asked from the winners of the first GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Awards, which were announced in early November on the sidelines of EUROPORT, to assess the environmental status of the shipping industry and suggest ways to move forward and change the path toward a more sustainable future.
IEA recently launched its “Energy Efficiency 2019” report, focusing on the important role of energy efficiency in today’s world that can boost the economic developments and help prevent GHG emissions; Yet, the report highlights that the global progress rate is slowing down.
The World Economic Forum collaborates with Aker group, presenting the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Norway (C4IR Norway) aiming to harness advances in technology in protection of the oceans and improve shipping’s environmental footprint.
Managing cost, digitalization and environmental regulations are some of the key challenges shipping will have to encounter in the next 5-10 years, industry experts said on the sidelines of the latest SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum, which took place in Eugenides Foundation on 2 October.
The planning stage for the installation of a wave energy farm prototype has been reached in the island of Texel in the Netherlands, as part of a research project aiming to make the island more sustainable through wave energy. The Slow Mill wave pilot project which was invented by Erwin Croughs aims to install five or six Slow Mills and potentially create a wave energy farm.
W-Foundation, a global relief and conservation organization, collaborates with UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative to boost sustainability and climate action via an application that will encourage the public to take action and share the results of GHG emissions reductions.
During the Nor-Shipping Conference, Wärtsilä presented its development work on a smart concept for onboard water and waste systems. The work consists of the latest environmental technology and expertise, along with real-time data collection and digital modelling.
During his speech at Nor-Shipping 2019, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim delivered a strong reminder regarding the ever-increasing importance of balanced and sustainable development. Mr. Lim also highlighted moves to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry.
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.
Classification societies are the “helping hands”, that exist to ensure industry meets regulations and operates with the safety and quality that all stakeholders demand of it, said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV GL CEO Maritime, while mapping out how class can help maritime navigate the new digital reality.
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