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Mitsui Looks to Synthetic Methane to Cut Shipping Emissions (Int'l)
Mitsui O.S.K.
Date: 2019-08-05
Tokyo-headquartered maritime shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL) reports it will focus on reducing its shipping operation CO2 emissions by using synthetic methane as an alternative to current fossil-based bunker fuels.

With the same focus, the company has also joined the Carbon Capture and Reuse (CCR) Study Group which is looking into the implementation of effective carbon neutral measures to reduce the use of fossil fuels by offering alternative energies such as synthetic methane, which is generated by combining CO2 generated by industries with renewable energy-derived hydrogen. (Source: MOL, Bunkerspot, Aug., 2019) Contact: Mitsui O.S.K. (MOL), Junichiro Ikeda, Pres., CEO, www.mol.co.jp/en; Carbon Capture and Reuse Study Group, www.hitachizosen.co.jp/english/release/2016/11/002421.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Captureand Reuse,  Mitsui,  Methane,  


Maritime Shipping to Halve Carbon Footprint by 2050 (Int'l)
International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2019-05-22
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the world's major maritime shipping organization, representing around 80 pct of the world's merchant tonnage, reports it "remains confident that shipping will improve its carbon efficiency by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 2008, in line with the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions."

ICS also noted it welcomes the additional guidance agreed by the IMO MEPC to assist the smooth implementation of the global sulphur cap on 1 January 2020 -- requiring ships outside sulphur emission control areas to use fuel with a sulphur content of 0.5 pct or less. (Source: International Chamber of Shipping, Marine Link, 17 May, 2019) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, Guy Platten, Sec. Gen., www.ics-shipping.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  


Cargill Launches CO2 Challenge for Greener Shipping (Ind. Report)
Cargill,IMO
Date: 2018-07-03
Minneapolis-based agri-business giant Cargill is reporting the launch of its CO2 Challenge initiative to accelerate the development of emission cutting technologies across the shipping sector. Cargill will work with risk management and certification specialist DNV GL and start-up advisor Rainmaking to deliver the initiative.

In 2017, Cargill pledged to cut its CO2 per cargo-ton-mile by 15 pct by the end of 2020.The CO2 Challenge follows the latest round of talks at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) on how to curb emissions from the global shipping sector. The IMO announced a new target to cut shipping emissions 50 per cent by 2050 backed by an interim strategy to curb emissions and introduce new reporting-based measures designed to drive investment in greener shipping technologies and techniques.

Businesses and entrepreneurs who have a product in need of commercial assessment, testing, investment, and scaling are being invited to apply to participate in the CO2 Challenge before September 17, 2018. (Source: Cargill, Business Green, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Cargill, Jan Dieleman, Pres. Ocean Transportation Business, (800) 227-4455, www.cargill.com/transportation/dry-bulk-shipping

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO.Maritime Emissions,  Shipping EmissionsCargill ,  Maritime Emissions,  


IMO Wrestling with Maritime Shipping Emissions Accord (Int'l)
International Maritime Organization
Date: 2018-04-06
In March, the International Transport Forum (ITF), an autonomous intergovernmental body within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD )reported that the international shipping industry could cut carbon emissions by between 82 pct and 90 pct by 2035 using currently available options such as clean-burning fuels like methanol, hydrogen and ammonia, implementing electric propulsion, hull design improvements and slower sailing speeds, all of which would cost the industry far in excess of an estimated $40 billion.

The biggest concern to shipowners is that if the IMO fails to come up with a solid "voluntary" plan, the European Union will include shipping in its Emissions Trading Scheme, where a cap is set on permissible greenhouse gases and amounts that can be emitted.

Shipping was excluded from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement with governments entrusting the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to find a consensus on carbon, sulfur and other emissions and air pollutant reduction measures from ocean going vessels. According to the IMO, shipping contributed about 3.1 pct of total annual CO2 emissions in the period from 2007 to 2012. Vessel emissions are projected to jump between 50 pct and 250 pct by 2050 if no action is taken. (Source: IMO, Others, WSJ, April, 2018)Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Transport Forum, www.itf-oecd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Transport Forum,  International Maritime Organization ,  Maritime Emissions,  


Decarbonising Maritime Transport: Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Transport Forum
Date: 2018-03-28
Decarbonising Maritime Transport: Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035 , the International Transport Forum (ITF) identifies In the recently releasedfour potential decarbonization pathways for shipping that, it says, would result in a CO2 emission reduction of between 82 pct and 95 pct of the currently projected 2035 level. Remaining CO2 emissions would be between 44 and 156 million tonnes in 2035, according to the report.

ITF has proposed three key recommendations: the setting of a clear, ambitious emissions-reduction target to drive decarbonization of maritime transport; supporting the realization of emissions-reduction targets with a comprehensive set of policy measure; and providing smart financial incentives to advance the decarbonization of maritime shipping.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: International Transport Forum, Bunkerspot, Mar., 2018) Contact: International Transport Forum, www.itf-oecd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Transport Forum,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


Green Award "Platinum" Launched for Emissions-Free Shipping (Int'l)
Green Award
Date: 2017-12-18
Green Award, a certification scheme for inland and sea-going ships, has introduced a new Platinum label for ships operating emission-free -- CO2, SOx, NOx and PM. The emissions are avoided for extended periods by use of electrical propulsion powered by batteries or fuel cells. The Green Award certifies ships that demonstrate better than legally required performance in terms of quality, safety and environmental practices.

The first inland navigation vessel with zero emissions is expected to be certified in 2018. Platinum label comes in addition to the existing Bronze, Silver and Gold certification levels within the Green Award programme.

The Green Award Foundation is a neutral, independent foundation, established 1994 on the initiative of the Rotterdam Municipal Port Management and the Dutch Ministry of Transport. Since 1 January 2000 Green Award is completely independent. (Source: Green Award Foundation, Dry Bulk, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Green Award Foundation, +31 10 21 70 200 info@greenaward.org, http://www.greenaward.org/greenaward/26-foundation.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shipping Emissions,  Maritime Emussuioons,  


ICS Calls for Zero CO2 Emissions for Ocean Shipping (Int'l)
International Chamber of Shipping,IMO
Date: 2017-11-13
According to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents more than 80 pct of the world's maritime fleet, the elimination of carbon emissions from oceangoing vessels is achievable by the end of this century. To accomplish this goal the shipping industry must continue to support International Maritime Organization (IMO) with developing an ambitious CO2 reduction strategy, as well as embrace renewable energy-based power technologies.

. While still requiring final IMO verification, ICS said current emissions reduction measures undertaken by the maritime industry has reduced the annual CO2 emissions to about 8 pct below the 2008 peak, despite a 30 pct increase in maritime trade. Various IMO member states have called for ship emissions reductions in the range of 50 to 70 pct by 2050 and 2060 (Source: ICS, American Shipper, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, www.ics-shipping.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  International Chamber of Shipping,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  


Singapore Research Center to Cut Maritime Emissions (Int'l)
NANYANG Technological University
Date: 2017-11-03
In Singapore, NANYANG Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) are reporting the launch of the S$15 million Maritime Energy and Sustainable Development (MESD) research center focusing on "innovative and sustainable" energy management, emissions management and sustainable maritime operations solutions for Singapore's maritime industry.

The centre, which is expected to be in operation by the year end, will work on projects that reduce harmful maritime shipping emissions. (Source: Singapore Maritime Institute, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Singapore Maritime Institute, +65 6270 2885, www.maritimeinstitute.sg; NANYANG Technological University, www.ntu.edu.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  


Maritime Shipping Emissions below 2008 Levels (Int'l. Report)
IMO,ICCT,International Chamber of Shipping
Date: 2017-10-20
A recent study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has found that total CO2 emissions from maritime shipping are still way below 2008 levels due in part to the industry's overall increase fuel efficiency. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) welcomed the ICCT findings that maritime shipping emissions appear to have stabilized.

Maritime shipping accounted for 932 million tons of emissions out of 36 billion tons on a global basis. According to ICS, the data supports its objective of holding the sector's total emissions below 2008 levels. (Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Casualties, 18 Oct., 2017)Contact: International Council on Clean Transportation, (202) 534-1600, www.theicct.org; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Chamber of Shipping, www.ics-shipping.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping ,  ICS,  ICCT,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  


EMSA Launches Emissions Monitoring, Reporting and Verification System (Ind. Report)
European Maritime Safety Agency
Date: 2017-08-09
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), a European Union agency, reports the launch of THETIS-MRV, a new emissions monitoring, reporting and verification system to help reduce CO2 emissions from E.U. shipping. The system will enable companies responsible for the operation of large ships using E.U. ports to report their CO2 emissions, as required by the E.U.'s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification Regulation.

The THETIS-MRV system enables companies to work together with accredited verifiers to prepare monitoring plans in a voluntary module and to release emission compliance reports to the European Commission and other authorities using the mandatory module.

In 2013, the E.U. Commission set out a CO2 emissions monitoring, reporting and verification strategy for progressively integrating maritime emissions into the E.U.'s policy for reducing its domestic greenhouse gas emissions.

Maritime shipping emits approximately 1,000 million tpy CO2 and is responsible for about 2.5 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions. Shipping emissions are predicted to increase between 50 and 250 pct by 2050. (Source: European Maritime Safety Agency, MarEx , 7 Aug., 2017)Contact: EMSA, www.emsa.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Maritime Safety Agency,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions ,  


Ricardo Joins Global Industry Alliance to Support Low-Carbon Shipping (Ind. Report)
Ricardo
Date: 2017-07-24
UK-based Professional services firm Ricardo Energy & Environment were among those to back the launch of the new Global Industry Alliance (GIA). The initiative has been formed to support maritime industry players overcome barriers preventing the adoption and further development of sustainable energy technologies in the global shipping industry.

The new entity is framed by various UN initiatives and projects, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project. The initiative aims to reduce the barriers to the uptake of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly transportation energy systems that already exist. Often time the technology creates considerable environmental damage and cost reductions, although they come with upfront capital costs.

According to a statement from Ricardo following the launch of the GIA, the GIA partners will work together to address key barriers to transitioning maritime shipping towards a low carbon maritime future, focusing on a number of priority areas including energy efficiency technologies and operational best practices, and alternative fuels. (Source: Ricardo, Consultancy.UK, 24 July, 2017)Contact: Ricardo, Ricardo-AEA, Robert Bell, Managing Director, +44 (0)1273 455611, business.development@ricardo.com, www.ricardo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ricardo,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  


Shippers Want Maritime Emissions Added to EU ETS (Int'l)
BICEPS Network,Clean Shipping Index
Date: 2017-02-17
The Clean Shipping Index and BICEPS Network have called on the European Commission (EC) to include shipping emissions in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) under a special fund. The two associations are also supporting the EU Environment Committee's proposal to regulate carbon dioxide and other shipping sector greenhouse gas emissions.

Ship CO2 emissions are completely unregulated, and shipping is the only sector in Europe not contributing to the 2030 emissions reduction target.

Clean Shipping Index represents 29 companies involved in shipping goods around the world, while BICEPS Network includes various companies such as AB InBev, AkzoNobel, DSM, Farm Frites, FrieslandCampina, Huntsman, IOI Loders Croklaan, and Lamb Weston/Meijer, among others. (Source: BICEPS, ship-technology.com, 14 Feb., 2017)Contact:BICEPS Network, www.bicepsnetwork.org; Clean Shipping Index, www.cleanshippingindex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Maritime Emissions,  Clean Shipping Index,  


EU Proposes Action on Maritime Emissions (Int'l, Ind. Report)
International Maritime Organization,EU ETS
Date: 2016-12-21
The European Parliament's Environment Committee's recent decision to take regional action over ship emissions with respect to emissions trading, unless the International Maritime Organization (IMO) acts first, has been met with a mixed response.

Specifically, the Committee decided to include shipping emissions in the European Union's (EU's) Emissions Trading Scheme ( EU ETS) from 2023 if the IMO does not have a comparable system operating for global shipping from 2021.

Among the maritime industry groups, Danish Shipowners' Association, the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), and the . International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) are opposed to the action. "Non-EU nations will be disappointed and very concerned by yesterday's vote in the European Parliament Environment Committee following IMO's adoption just a few weeks ago of a comprehensive road map for action," said ICS Director of Policy and External Relations, Simon Bennett. "But we hope that EU governments and the European Commission will see sense and recognize that threats to their trading partners will not serve the development of the global solution which both they and the shipping industry want and need." On the other hand, the Port of Rotterdam welcomed the decision. (Source: Ship & Bunker, Hellenic News, Various Other Media, 19 Dec., 2016) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; ICS, Esben Poulsson, Chairman, +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Chamber of Shipping,  International Maritime Organization,  Maritime Emissions,  EU ETS,  


Smithfield Touts Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan (Ind. Report)
Smithfield Foods Inc.
Date: 2016-12-07
Virginia-headquartered pork giant Smithfield Foods Inc. reports it will carve its carbon emissions down by 25 pct over the next eight years. Smithfield estimates it emits about 17 million metric tpy of carbon dioxide -- the equivalent of five coal-fired power plants.

To reach its goal the company plans to scale back fertilizer used to grow grain for pig feed, capture more methane -- an extremely potent greenhouse gas -- from manure through increased use of anaerobic digestion, do more in-plant meat processing, and reduce shipping emissions and costs. (Source: Smithfield Foods, WSJ, Others, 4 Dec., 2016)Contact: Smithfield Foods, (757) 365-3000, www.smithfieldfoods.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smithfield Foods ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


EP Rejects Maritime Shipping Emissions from EU ETS (Int'l)
IMO,European Union,European Parliament
Date: 2016-10-21
The European Parliament EP) reports it has adopted its Industry Committee's report on the EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS) and stressed that the climate impact of maritime shipping should be regulated at UN level and not be included in the EU ETS. The report reflects that a regional, European approach would not be sustainable for shipping nor achieve significant emissions reductions.

The London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO), which meets later this month, will be the next shipping industry group to weigh-in on how to best cut shipping CO2-emissions at the international level. (Source: Motor Ship, Marine Links, Others, 19 Oct., 2016) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions ,  EU ETS,  


Agility, Maersk Lines Partner to Sink Maritime Emissions (Int'l)
Maersk Line
Date: 2016-09-28
Agility, the Dubai-based global logistics provider reports it has joined the world's largest container ship operator, Maersk Line, in an agreement to cut CO2 emissions by 15 pct per container transported on Agility shipments by 2020.

The agreement is part of Maersk's Carbon Pact Challenge initiative under which the ocean carrier and its customers work together to cut emissions and reduce the industry's environmental impact. Ocean shipping accounts for 10 pct of global CO2 and other GHG transportation related emissions, according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Highway vehicles account for 73 pct and air transport 12 pct are the top sources of the greenhouse gas. (Source: AE National Business, 26 Sept., 2016) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, www.imo.org; Maersk Line, www.maerskline.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,   ,  Maritime Emissions,  Maersk Line,  Shipping Emissions,  

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