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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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Having gathered valuable information and feedback from key marine industry players in the Scandinavian countries, a theme has clearly presented itself. At the end of the day, the key message is this: the industry is not only interested, but also very willing to commence the inevitable shift away from fossil fuels and to contribute to the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions and local pollution. When ranking the different barriers according to importance to overcome, the voices of industry stakeholders are unanimous. Leadership and initiative from the government is called for. Subsidies or other concessions are needed in order to make new technologies closer to being competitive with established, conventional fuels and technology. Further research, development, demonstration and funding thereof is essential to the advance of novel green technologies.

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