United States joins Norway and Denmark in advancing zero-emission ship fuels, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld
With around 90% of global trade transported by sea, global maritime transport accounts for nearly 3% of global CO2 emissions.
In April, US climate envoy John Kerry said Washington would join an international effort to achieve zero emissions in the global shipping industry by 2050.
The US Department of Energy told Reuters by email that it would work with Denmark and Norway to accelerate the development of green energy and marine technologies.
“By 2030, we want ships capable of running on zero-emission fuels from well to wake – such as green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol and advanced biofuels – to be at least 5%. of the world’s high seas fleet measured by fuel consumption, ”the ministry said.
Well-to-wake refers to the measurement of emissions from fuel production to fuel consumption on board a ship. It is estimated that there are over 50,000 vessels in the global fleet.
The department added that it wanted at least 200 ships using primarily these fuels on major high seas shipping routes by the end of the decade.
Danish Business Minister Simon Kollerup said separately that the common goal of the initiative was to make zero-emission ships the “natural choice” for ship owners when renewing their fleets.
Shipping officials say orders for new vessels are currently slowing in part due to uncertainty about which technology to invest in.
India, Morocco, the UK, Singapore, France, Ghana and South Korea will support the initiative, including information sharing, officials said.
The United Nations aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industry by 50% from 2008 levels by 2050. This goal will require the rapid development of zero and low emission fuels and new designs for the boats.
The non-profit Global Maritime Forum and the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping are separately involved in the project.