Many climate experts predict that the next ten years are crucial, thus our actions within this decade will decide whether we are able to reach the ambitious goals of the Paris agreement limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5°C until 2050. Yet, recent studies show that G20 nations are currently failing to reach their climate goals.
In fact, Japan’s largest shipowner Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) together with e5 Lab, a Japanese vessel electrification and digitalization solution provider, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim to carry out a joint study of a hybrid pure car carrier equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system and large-capacity batteries.
The United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) issued a report assessing countries’ plans and outlooks for fossil fuel production highlighting a significant production gap. The report was produced by leading research organizations, including the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), International Institute for Sustainable Development, Overseas Development Institute, CICERO Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, Climate Analytics, and UNEP, and more than 50 researchers from numerous universities and research organizations contributed to the analysis and review.
As part of its Energy Transition Outlook 2019, DNV GL provided an independent outlook on the maritime energy future examining how the energy transition will affect the industry. The report forecasts that new fuels, alongside energy efficiency, will play a key role on meeting the IMO greenhouse gas ambitions.
Turkey-based Tersan Shipyard is building two new LNG-fueled cruise vessels for Norwegian shipowner Havila Kystruten, expected to operate the historic coastal voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes, along the western coastline of Norway, stopping at 34 ports along the route.
The third day of Sea Asia 2019 ended with industry leaders from across the supply chain discussing what the change from fossil fuels means for the maritime industry. Following day two, participants unanimously agreed that every government, industry, company and individual has to take action.
The global maritime industry is now on the threshold of a committed move towards renewable energy, with hydrogen as the potential acid test in the shift away from fossil fuels, said Japanese electrical drive firm Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch.
The SOC4NH3, Solid Oxide Cell based production and use of ammonia, project which is supported by ammonia-producer Haldor Topsoe and the University of Aarhus, aims to develop ammonia’s options as both a sustainable fuel and also a solution for saving green power from wind and sun.
As part of IMO’s strategy to reduce GHG emissions from ships, a meeting of the IMO Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA) Task Force took place at IMO Headquarters in London, on 27 November, holding a lively debate on the marine fuel for the future.
The GloMEEP project delivered a training course to help maritime administrations and classification societies in collecting fuel consumption data from ships. The training took place in China, on 14 of November. Fuel consumption data from ships provide crucial information to support IMO’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions from international shipping.
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