Clean Energy in Maritime Shipping

Maritime shipping is terribly dirty. It has remained out of sight, out of mind, for too long.  

According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), GHG emissions are projected to to increase 50-250% in the shipping sector, if business as usual continues. Sixteen (16) of the world’s largest ships can produce as much lung-clogging sulphur pollution as all the world’s cars. 

Wind energy for shipping offers significant reductions in shipping fuel costs, and eliminates harmful and deadly pollution. Yet, wind energy still remains largely untapped in shipping.

The EU, IMO and other international law making bodies are slowly waking up to the problem.* We need to attract forward thinkers, investors and entrepreneurs to challenge stagnant industry managers, take charge of the helm and steer us into a smarter future.

* "The EU is calling for a global approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping – a large and growing source of emissions."

(The recent trend in LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) to attempt to reduce emissions is not a long term smart / clean solution.)

 

"The WASP is a durable alternative for present day cargo ships. Sail propulsion is used to reduce fuel consumption and thereby cost and emissions."  See http://www.dykstra-na.nl/designs/wasp-ecoliner

"The WASP is a durable alternative for present day cargo ships. Sail propulsion is used to reduce fuel consumption and thereby cost and emissions."  See http://www.dykstra-na.nl/designs/wasp-ecoliner

Related News and Information

Pearce, Fred, “How 16 ships create as much pollution as all the cars in the world,” Daily Mail, 21 November, 2009 (available here).

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