13 Dec 2018, 14:27
Benjamin Wehrmann

Germany invests in zero-emission shipping research

Clean Energy Wire

The German government has set aside 45 million euros for research in zero-emission ship engines to “make a significant contribution to the energy transition at sea”, the German economy and energy ministry (BMWi) says in a press release. The programme, dubbed Maritime Green Propulsion, aims to develop ships that run completely carbon-free and in a first step explores the use of so-called e-fuels made with renewable power. Germany’s maritime policy coordinator, Norbert Brackmann, said there was “a sort of gold rush atmosphere” for developing cleaner engines among engine manufacturers which now had to be assisted by clearer regulation and financial support.

Find the press release in German here.

See the CLEW factsheet Germany’s maritime freight emissions for background.

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