Maritime transport is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, but a growing awareness in the sector could herald an “energy transition on the high seas”, Axel Höpner writes in Handelsblatt. The Green Ship of the Future initiative brings industry representatives together at the COP23 climate conference in Bonn to discuss alternative ways to power giant cargo ships. “It’s the first time that the entire maritime industry comes together to point the way”, says Kjartan Ross of engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo. Ross highlights the trend towards replacing vessels powered by rich oil with natural gas-fuelled (LNG) engines, and says that the plans to re-introduce wind power for ship propulsion also signalled major changes in the industry.
Read the article in German here (behind paywall).