Rystad Energy forecasts that US will become energy-independent in the following months, whereas by 2030 US’s energy production will outpace primary energy demand by about 30%.
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.
Hyundai Heavy Industries launched a simplified power system to be used by 15,000 TEU containerships, and received Approval in Principle by DNV GL. Traditionally, for conventional containerships, onboard electrical equipment is powered at a low voltage level. Yet, as containerships are becoming bigger, this means that the electricity they consume is increased.
Cwind deployed Wight Shipyard Co (WSC) to build the world’s first hybrid surface effect crew transfer vessel, which is to operate Borssele 1 and 2 offshore windfarms located 23 kilometres off the Dutch coast in mid-2020.
The South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) launched its first LNG carrier, equipped with a developed air lubrication system (ALS), which was given to Greek shipowner Maran Gas Maritime.
IEA launched its World Energy Outlook 2019, exploring a number of today’s issues that challenge the industry, as the dissonance amongst well-supplied oil markets and developing geopolitical tensions, the gap between the rapidly-increasing GHG emissions and the lack of stated policies to deal with those emissions, and the promise of “energy for all”, in comparison to the lack of electricity access for 850 million people in the globe.
The pilot project of the Swedish ferry company, Stena Line, using artificial intelligence (AI) technology in order to predict the most fuel-efficient way to operate a vessel is saving fuel on the company’s ships. In particular, the software, which is named Stena Fuel Pilot, is expected to be installed during autumn, on five more Stena Line vessels. Moreover, the company states that its ambition during 2020, is to promote the technology across its 37 vessels operating in Europe.
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.
In line with IMO’s Initial Strategy for decarbonization of shipping, Greece has come forward with a concrete proposal for a short-term, prescriptive measure to improve the operational energy efficiency of existing ships, to be considered at the forthcoming meeting of the IMO’s intersessional technical group in November.
The Department of Energy of the Republic of the Philippines issued a draft Department Circular entitled ‘Policies to Enhance the Net-Metering Program for Renewable Energy Systems and other Mechanisms to Ensure Energy Security”‘, and now asks from the public to issue their feedback.
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