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Bellona Demonstrates Zero-Emission Solution for Shipping

Logistic News - Published on Thu, 11 Jul 2019

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It is true that shipping, along with aviation, is probably the most difficult sector in transport to fully decarbonise. One would assume that the EU is running discussions at high speed to bring the emissions of shipping, one of the largest greenhouse gas emitting sectors of the global economy, down as fast as possible. Quite the opposite is the case though, with shipping gaining only very little attention in European climate policy. One directive including some points on sustainable shipping is the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, which states that “Member States shall ensure that the need for shore-side electricity supply for inland waterway vessels and inland ports is assessed in their national policy frameworks.”[ii], which doesn’t set any binding target. Apart from that, NAIADES II, an EU-led project, aims to facilitate a modal shift in transport from road to sea, for many reasons, including environmental ones.

Regulations on how the EU shipping sector must cut down its emissions in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement are yet to be formulated. It seems like policy makers and industry are justifying inaction by claiming that research has yet to decide on the ideal decarbonisation solution for shipping. While the EU remains stagnant on sustainable shipping policies, stakeholders, ports and some of the EU’s neighbours are already a few steps ahead of us.

This is why Bellona decided to contribute to this year’s EU Sustainable Energy Week 2019 with the event “Sailing towards Paris: Can Shipping be zero-emission?”, in an effort to bring together different key players in the shipping sector to present their work and developments which pave the way for zero emission shipping.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Thu, 11 Jul 2019
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