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Shipping Industry & EU at Odds on Carbon Emissions

The shipping industry may not ultimately be able to regulate itself in terms of cutting carbon emissions, according to some within the European Union; the International Maritime Organization (IMO) disagrees, according to Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide.

The IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee has worked within the shipping industry to create a reduction strategy that would be adopted in 2018, but some within the European Union, including the European Commission’s Climate Actions Directorate, says the roadmap to reducing emissions is not enough – the industry must be given a target. With that in mind, the European Parliament voted in February to include shipping in the EU emissions trading scheme from 2023 if the IMO has not developed a comparable system by 2021.

German transportation company Hapag-Lloyd says the inclusion of shipping in the emissions trading scheme “conflicts or undermines actions that have been carefully considered and deliberated by the global community.” The move “threatens world-wide confidence in the consistent, uniform system of regulation developed by IMO,” says Hapag-Lloyd director of environmental fleet management Wolfram Guntermann (via Ship & Bunker).

Earlier this week, the Viking Queen, a 6,000-ton vessel built in 2008, announced that it is the first of its kind to use a battery energy storage system (BESS) to help reduce fuel consumption and emissions for a greener, more efficient power supply, writes Energy Manager Today.

Nidec ASI, an Italian company that specializes in power electronics and industrial automation, retrofitted the Norwegian ship with the energy storage system to prove that on-board batteries are the solution to making vessels more energy efficient.

The use of the BESS helps the vessel reduce nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 25%. The project demonstrates that it is possible to achieve reductions for emissions even for existing vessels, the company says.

The shipping industry accounted for 2.2% of all CO2 emissions in 2012, down from the pre-2008 industry peak.


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