Zero emission fuels and technologies for maritime shipping need to be commercially viable by 2030 to meet decarbonisation targets. The Getting to Zero Coalition, which set this goal in 2019, has done a mapping of the various projects which are driving the industry towards a greener future.
“The uptake of these projects is a vital step in the transition to zero emission shipping. They demonstrate that progress is already taking place and show direction for the whole maritime sector,” said Kasper Sogaard, head of research at the Global Maritime Forum, a partner of the Getting to Zero Coalition. The other two partners are the Friends of Ocean Action and the World Economic Forum.
At this point, the industry-led coalition has gathered 66 projects. Most of the projects come from Europe – 49 of them – with the next highest being Asia with 16.
The projects concentrate either on ship technologies development or fuel production.
“The majority of projects covering fuel production focus on green hydrogen which is largely due to hydrogen’s position as a ‘building block’ for the production of other fuels such as ammonia or methanol,” said Sogaard.
Forty-seven of the projects are planned as demonstration projects which means they are capable of operation under real-world conditions.
“Much of what needs to be achieved is already technically possible. The key issue here is to close the competitiveness gap between traditional fossil fuels and new zero emission fuels,” he said.
With the mapping, the Getting to Zero Coalition is looking to catalyse new ambitious pilots and demonstration projects.
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