There's no denying how important the shipping business is to modern civilization; if someone needs anything delivered somewhere, shipping will undoubtedly play a role. The carbon footprint connected with this, on the other hand, is a worldwide issue. Many governments are establishing targets to address this, with business executives realising that green shipping is the way of the future, and as a result, organisations are pursuing this goal.
CO2 emissions are created in the shipping industry, whether by air, sea, or road. Ocean transportation is more environmentally friendly than air freight, but there is also the issue of reducing sulphur emissions, another destructive greenhouse gas. To address these difficulties, technology has advanced to the point where it can maintain the same level of service while addressing the problem at hand across the shipping industry.
In March 2019, Maersk joined with a group of significant Dutch-owned companies to test the use of biofuel as an alternative energy source to power one of their enormous ships. The ship would go 25,000 nautical miles in total, saving enough energy to "equivalent to the annual CO2 created by almost 200 families in a year or 12 million kilometres driven in an ordinary car 300 times around the world." Their goal is to reduce CO2 emissions to zero by 2050.
Other businesses, not wanting to be left behind, have attempted to turn an environmentally responsible approach into profit. Okeanis has launched a fleet of Eco Ships that are equipped with high-quality 'scrubbers.' This is an air pollution control system aimed at decreasing hazardous toxic emissions, or, as they put it, "a desire to fully benefit from the lower fuel oil costs offered to us by our eco, scrubber-equipped fleet."
Hyundai Heavy Industries also stated in March 2019 that it would form its own ship business, dubbed 'Hyundai Global Services,' to develop a line of ships that would meet the IMO's 2020 Sulphur quota, as well as "retrofitting Ballast Water Treatment Systems at its Busan headquarters." Perhaps these are the future's ships...
Despite the monumental burden of keeping the ocean clean, it's reassuring to see that some businesses have listened to the facts and are attempting to make progress. Greener businesses are more appealing to those who want to use their services without having such a negative impact on the environment and are investing in renewable energy sources. The resulting greater longevity and sustainability make greener businesses more appealing to those who want to use their services without having such a negative impact on the environment.
The shipping industry makes a significant contribution to the worlds carbon footprint, but if efforts and investments into innovative greener technology are increased, the future of shipping may start to look greener.