Norway is leading the charge in creating a Green Coastal Shipping program. In the future, LNG and battery power are projected to comprise a considerable share of the fuel used by the global fleet. Norway already has a leading position in this field and has a good environmental and business starting point to more broadly implement these new technologies.
Norway’s Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland and State Secretary for Climate and Environment Lars Andreas Lunde recently signed a declaration of cooperation with key players in the Norwegian coastal shipping industry. This declaration aims to ensure that Norway has the world's most environmentally friendly fleet of coastal vessels.
DNV GL, an oil & gas consultancy, has now taken the initiative to launch a Green Coastal Shipping program, a joint effort by industry and authorities to ensure that in the future Norway will have one of the world's most efficient and environmentally friendly coastal shipping industries.
DNV GL's Deputy Group CEO Remi Eriksen said, "We can achieve this if we want to. There are many examples of incentives driving forward a green shift. The technology is there, but we have to scale up its use considerably in order to maintain our international position.”
Shipping industry well equipped
"The shipping industry is very well equipped to lead the way in the green shift. This can contribute to exports of good, future-oriented and environmentally friendly solutions. I'm sure DNV GL's expertise and experience in shipping will help to maintain Norway's position as a world leader in the maritime industry," says Monica Mæland, the Minister of Trade and Industry.
"This year, the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris is to negotiate a new climate agreement that will entail new obligations and the implementation of new climate measures. For this reason, more ships must use environmentally friendly fuels, such as gas and battery power, and we must see more ships with new energy-efficient designs. The green shift in the maritime industry will both resolve environmental challenges and create value," says Tine Sundtoft, the Minister of Climate and Environment. The declaration was signed on her behalf by State Secretary Lars Andreas Lunde.
"We envision a fleet of offshore vessels, tankers, cargo, container, bulk and passenger ships, ferries, fishing and aquaculture vessels, tugs and other coastal vessels, run entirely or partly using batteries, LNG or other green fuels," says DNV GL's Narve Mjøs, who is the program director for the Green Coastal Shipping program.
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