ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The energy efficency scenario provides a comprehensive overview of innovative or traditional technological aspects, innovatively developed, for increasing the effciency of ships and thus reduce their consequent emissions and environmental impact. As the scenario is primarily aimed at relevant authorities and experts working in R&D, it includes webinars, papers and projects devoted more to the policy-strategy and technology aspects.
With stricter IMO regulations on CO2 taking effect in 2023 and ambitious goals to reduce carbon intensity by 2030, the maritime industry is scrambling to clean up its act.
Conventional methods and equipment are now being reevaluated, upgraded or completely replaced. The difference between a short-term fix and a long-term sustainable option is how flexible vessels will be to use new energy sources or technology as they become viable.
The recent literature on renewable energy sources, technical and operational strategies for new and existing ships, technology maturity, and alternative fuels.
It is found that the IMO’s targets can be met by combining two or three technologies, or via a radical technology shift which can provide innovative, high-efficiency solutions from an environmental and economic standpoint
With stricter IMO regulations on CO2 taking effect in 2023 and ambitious goals to reduce carbon intensity by 2030, the maritime industry is scrambling to clean up its act.
BEST PRACTICES
Transition to Clean Fuels such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) or hydrogen-powered propulsion systems.
Incorporate energy-efficient features like improved hull designs, advanced propulsion systems, and innovative power management systems to minimize energy consumption.
Maintain vessels properly to ensure they operate at peak efficiency. Periodic retrofits can update older ships with modern technologies, improving their emissions profile and energy performance.
Adjusting vessel speeds to optimize fuel efficiency can substantially reduce emissions.
Incorporate renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and tidal power into ship operations.
Implement robust monitoring and reporting systems to track emissions and fuel consumption accurately.
Utilize technologies like waste heat recovery systems, LED lighting, and advanced insulation to reduce energy waste and improve overall efficiency on board.
Use eco-friendly anti-fouling coatings to minimize hull fouling. Clean hulls reduce drag, leading to improved fuel efficiency.
Employ advanced route optimization software that considers weather conditions and currents to find the most fuel-efficient and emissions-reducing paths.
Foster collaboration within the industry to share best practices and innovations.
TAKE HOME MESSAGES
Prioritizing emission reduction is not just a regulatory requirement; it’s a moral obligation to protect our planet’s health and future.
Embrace cutting-edge technologies and innovative practices to optimize vessel performance, reduce fuel consumption, and minimize emissions.
Addressing emissions in the maritime sector is a global challenge. Collect, analyze, and act upon data related to emissions and efficiency.
The shipping and maritime sector faces evolving environmental regulations.