environmental footprint

Equinor plans to cut emissions 50% on NCS by 2030

Since 2011, overall emissions have been reduced by 37%, while emissions adjusted for reduced activity have been reduced by 26%. Now Equinor aspires to reduce its emissions in the NCS supply chain from 26% to 50% by 2030, based on 2011 level.

5 ways to use batteries onboard

Foreship published an infographic, describing a 5-steps solution to use batteries onboard. Namely, batteries can provide 15% in fuels saving, as well as 30% lower maintenance costs. According to the infographic, the average lifetime of ships batteries is 5 to 10 years.

ADNOC reduces its fleet emissions by 23%

ADNOC Logistics & Services announced that it has reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 23% across a fleet of 27 vessels. This is part of the ‘Al Daffah Energy Efficiency Project’ to deliver more operational efficiency. The impact of the project has been significant, as since 2013, ADNOC L&S has reduced its CO2 emissions by 1 million tons.

China Emission regulations: An overview

In this article, SQE Marine provides information about the current situation on Chinese emissions regulations. Specifically, China relevant authority has set three ECA’s in China area in which from 01-01-2019, all vessels should use (all time) fuel with 0.5% m/m sulfur content.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to stop using HFO

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises announced that it will use low-sulphur Marine Gas Oil on all expedition ships from July 2020. Currently, the company is using MGO in particularly vulnerable areas like the Arctic, Antarctica and Kamchatka. The routes will be managed on the basis an eco-efficient average speed, which aims to reduce fuel consumption by one third.

Shell: The way forward for sustainability against climate change

In a recent interview, Ben van Beurden, CEO of Shell, shared the company’s sustainability goals for the future, including the ambition to reduce the net carbon footprint of the energy products it sells by 50% by 2050. Mr. Van Beurden noted that the organization is already making moves in these areas, but it needs to go much faster and much further.

Contecon Guayaquil becomes S. America’s first carbon neutral port

Contecon Guayaquil SA became the first port in South America to obtain a carbon-neutral certification. Namely, the Ecuador Ministry of Environment and environmental ratings agency, Sambito SA, recognized the port’s commitment to the environment. The certification marks CGSA’s compliance to ISO 14064-1 standards.

New project to explore deep-seafloor mineral deposits

The UK’s Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) has funded a new project aiming to reduce the potential environmental impact of future mining by making exploration for deep-seafloor mineral deposits much more effective. ‘Project ULTRA’ will use a robotic drilling rig to drill the deposits on the seafloor in a bid to ensure that the future exploration could be able to minimize disturbance.

Marine Protected Areas can boost Blue Economy, report notes

According to a European Commission study, Marine Protected Areas boost the Blue Economy, as well as fisheries, aquaculture, tourism and coastal areas. The study also says that the benefits of MPAs do not obstruct the achievement of conservation objectives.

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