A new IMO video puts the spotlight on how an IMO/EU initiative is helping reduce maritime emissions in the Solomon Islands as part of a global project to help tackle climate change. The Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Pacific – one of five regional centres established under the IMO-led Global MTCC Network project – helped the Solomon Islands port conduct a full energy efficiency and emissions audit.
In this video, Luca Volta, Marine Fuels Venture Manager, ExxonMobil and Alan Lim, Deputy Director, MPA, discuss the latest challenges of IMO 2020, from enforcement to alternative compliance choices such as scrubbers and LNG. Explaining how the Port of Singapore prepares for the 2020 sulphur cap, Alan Lim said that MPA Singapore is working on two fronts. The first is to ensure availability of compliant fuels at the Port.
The Friends of Ocean Action, a coalition of over 50 ocean leaders who seek solutions to the most pressing challenges for the ocean, organized an Ocean Day in Davos, in the beginning of March. The event touched upon shipping emissions and the possibility of a carbon free future.
An estimated total of 505 companies have set their Science Based Targets, under the global ‘Science Based Targets initiative’, launched in 2017 by the United Nations Global Compact, CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.
While talking at the first SAFETY4SEA Conference in Hamburg, Mr. Alvin Forster, Deputy Director (Loss Prevention) at North P&I Club, analyzed implications of 2020 sulphur cap regulation from the marine insurance perspective, sharing feedback from specific cases on the challenges being faced through certain compliance methods.
Ahead of the 2020 sulphur cap, CMA CGM announced the measures it will take in order to comply. Namely, the company will use both LNG and scrubbers as ways of compliance. This would be a significant additional cost, which will be taken into account through adjustment of fuel surcharges on a trade-by-trade basis.
American energy major ExxonMobil announced greenhouse gas reduction measures, including a 15% decrease in methane emissions and a 25% reduction in flaring. The company also revealed its intention to improve energy efficiency in refining and chemical manufacturing facilities.
Mr. Kyriacos Gregoriou, Marine Surveyor, DMS Cyprus, highlighted hot debated issues concerning the 2020 Global 0.5% sulphur cap challenge. He began his presentation with an overview of the SOx regulations examining later what the global limit actually means for ships and how these can meet low Sulphur emissions standards.
NABU and Ecologistas en Acción found levels of contamination up to 70 times greater in the the Strait of Gibraltar and Barcelona, than the pollution on cities. Under this light, Ecologistas en Acción called the Spanish government to join France in the creation of Sulfur Emission Control Areas that limits the entry of highly polluting vessels in the Mediterranean.
BP published a new report, called “Advancing the Energy Transition”. The report describes BP’s commitment to a low carbon future and the actions that it will take to keep up with increasing energy demand, while at the same time working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report sets out targets for reducing GHG emissions from BP’s operations.
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