We need to think about the wide range of ways to cut shipping emissions in the coming decade

One of the sectors doing the most damage is international shipping, the emissions of which are almost equivalent to those of an industrial country like Germany. Simon Bullock, PhD Candidate in Shipping and Climate Change at the University of Manchester provides 10 ways to reduce GHG emissions in an article on The Conversation website.   … Continue reading We need to think about the wide range of ways to cut shipping emissions in the coming decade

World’s first crewless, fully electric cargo ship to set sail

The world’s first fully autonomous and electric cargo ship will launch on its first commercial operation in Norway later this year, which if successful could transform the highly-polluting shipping industry. Lewin Day discusses latest developments in an article on the Hackaday website.   The World’s First Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship Is Due To Set Sail … Continue reading World’s first crewless, fully electric cargo ship to set sail

Leaked EU policy document designed to cut carbon emissions in shipping shows plans, will ‘lock in the use of fossil fuels for decades to come and make the EU’s target of net emissions neutrality by 2050 unreachable

Daniel Boffey writes on The Guardian website about a leaked EU policy document that has raised the concerns of NGOs that there will be a lock in the use of fossil fuels in the shipping industry for decades to come.   Draft EU policy to cut shipping emissions condemned as ‘disaster’ A leaked draft of … Continue reading Leaked EU policy document designed to cut carbon emissions in shipping shows plans, will ‘lock in the use of fossil fuels for decades to come and make the EU’s target of net emissions neutrality by 2050 unreachable

International Maritime Organization accused of repeatedly delayed and watered down climate regulations

Behind closed doors, shipbuilders and miners can speak on behalf of governments while regulating an industry that pollutes as much as all of America’s coal plants. Matt Apuzzo and Sarah Hurtes discuss the organisation in an article on the New York Times website.   Tasked to Fight Climate Change, a Secretive U.N. Agency Does the … Continue reading International Maritime Organization accused of repeatedly delayed and watered down climate regulations

Fitting giant sails to cargo ships could reduce their GHG emissions by at least 30 %

Graeme Paton writes on The Times website about the GHG emissions that could be reduced by retrofitting sails on ships. The UK government announced this week that emissions from international shipping would be included in the UK’s climate change targets so obviously people are looking at creative ways to mitigate emissions.   Attaching giant sails … Continue reading Fitting giant sails to cargo ships could reduce their GHG emissions by at least 30 %

Making shipping ports more sustainable

This week with the Suez Canal blocked by a giant container ship (400 metres long), our thoughts turn to the sustainability of shipping. One element of shipping are the ports and Tony Robert Walker and Michelle Adams both of Dalhousie University in Canada write on The Conversation website about how ports can become more sustainable. … Continue reading Making shipping ports more sustainable

EU green finance getting more serious

Kate Abnett and Simon Jessop write on the Reuter’s website that new taxonomy rules will be tighter for buildings but much less so for the shipping industry. No doubt you will be reading more about latest developments in taxonomy. On November 20th, the Commission launched a stakeholder feedback period on the draft Commission Delegated Regulation supplementing … Continue reading EU green finance getting more serious

The shipping industry will be free to continue producing more emissions for the next decade

Countries from across the world have this week been debating how to address shipping’s enormous climate impact. On Tuesday, all but three countries agreed to an amendment to the rules that would allow shipping emissions to continue to soar in the short term. Daisy Dunne discusses developments in an article on the Independent website.   … Continue reading The shipping industry will be free to continue producing more emissions for the next decade

The maritime industry gives considerable attention to real-time data

Every sector is encouragingly giving more attention to the importance of data. The maritime industry is no different. This is an article originally published on the Sofar Ocean website. Sofar connects the world's oceans to provide insights to science, society, and industry for a more sustainable planet. The company deploys and grows the world’s largest … Continue reading The maritime industry gives considerable attention to real-time data

New project aims to utilise cutting-edge wind propulsion technology to bring down the vast carbon emissions of commercial shipping

A maritime design specialist spun out of Sir Ben Ainslie’s yacht racing team (remember Ben won medals at five consecutive Olympics) will install solid 45-metre sails on cargo vessels with the aim of cutting emissions. Callum Jones discusses latest developments in an article on The Times website.   Wind in the sails of emissions challenge … Continue reading New project aims to utilise cutting-edge wind propulsion technology to bring down the vast carbon emissions of commercial shipping