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Reducing maritime emissions

Policy recommendations for the future of Nordic green marine transport

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An overarching conclusion of Nordic Marina’s work in the past three years reveals that the global, and indeed the Nordic shipping and maritime industries, are already boldly moving ahead with regard to emissions reduction, boasting numerous innovative and successful projects contributing toward this goal. In order to take major steps forward, involvement from the government side is needed and currently lacking. There are barriers that industry and government must work on collectively, potentially via joint public-private partnerships. Commitment for the long term is essential, in addition to the demand for strengthening infrastructure and a reliable supply chain to support new fuels. Furthermore, the socio-economic benefits of emissions reduction and the applications of alternative fuels appear to be obscure. The bottom line is this: the time for action is now, for all of us.

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Conclusion

In looking to the future, it is likely the Nordic maritime industry, and indeed the global industry, will see a combination of fuel types emerge in conjunction with novel propulsion technologies and emissions-reduction systems. The significant challenges faced in the coming years will be met on a local, regional and global scale, but it remains difficult to single out a solution that meets all requirements in addition to cost and payback requirements. Marine transport fuels and technologies are not solely procured by the vessel owner, as is the case for land transport. However, it is clear that the future lies in greening the industry: efficient marine vessels causing minimal health and ecological damage. Achieving this goal will require colossal efforts via collaboration between the industry, regulators, port authorities and communities around the world. This, our common goal is nevertheless one that is attainable, relevant and worthwhile for all.

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