Friday 16th Nov, 2018

IMO emissions agreement welcomed by Wärtsilä

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Photo: Shutterstock

Wärtsilä recently joined the chorus of maritime voices hailing the agreement on emissions reached last week at the International Maritime Organization meeting last week in London to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2050.

Wärtsilä CEO Jaakko Eskola said there is no single solution for decarbonising the shipping sector while also controlling other pollutants.

“A clean-shipping future must be based on the combining of different technologies and various solutions,” he said.

“These will include cleaner fuels, efficient vessel designs, hybrid propulsion technologies and intelligent vessels.”

Increasing adoption of LNG as a marine fuel is a necessary part of the roadmap to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gasses, according to a statement from Wärtsilä. And, the potential for even further reductions is being created by the constant development of new technologies.

Mr Eskola said there was a need to look beyond just vessel-level emissions to the entirety of the shipping ecosystem.

“To be truly effective, we need to target everything involved in moving goods and passengers,” he said.

“At Wärtsilä, we envision a Smart Marine Ecosystem wherein smart vessels sail between smart ports in an environment of optimal efficiency and minimised emissions.”

In welcoming this IMO agreement, Wärtsilä urged all relevant parties to join forces in making shipping more sustainable.

Mr Eskola said the long-awaited agreement represented an important milestone for global shipping.

“It is critical that we have an industry-wide framework for reducing emissions, and this sends a clear signal that we should all join forces in promoting carbon-free shipping,” Mr Eskola said.

“The next extremely important step must be to define concrete abatement measures, and to establish a clear roadmap together with the industry and decision-making bodies.”

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