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Wartsila CEO talks up 'critical role' of LNG, calls for 'clear' GHG roadmap

There is 'no single solution' for decarbonising shipping, says Jaakko Eskola.



Wartsila's CEO, Jaakko Eskola, says a clean-shipping future must include a combination of technologies and solutions, including cleaner fuels, efficient vessel designs, hybrid propulsion technologies, Image credit: Wartsila


Updated on 20 Apr 2018 11:51 GMT

Technology group Wartsila on Friday announced its "strong support" for the agreement reached last week at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50 percent from 2008 levels by 2050.

"This long-awaited agreement represents an important milestone for global shipping. It is critical that we have an industry-wide framework for reducing emissions, and this sends a clear signal that we should all join forces in promoting carbon-free shipping," said Jaakko Eskola, Wartsila's CEO.

Discussing the future, Eskola stressed that, as "the next extremely important step", concrete abatement measures and a clear roadmap should be defined.

Eskola was also keen to emphasize that there was "no single solution for decarbonising the shipping sector while also controlling the other pollutants."

"A clean-shipping future must be based on the combining of different technologies and various solutions. These will include cleaner fuels, efficient vessel designs, hybrid propulsion technologies, and intelligent vessels," Eskola remarked.

LNG

Regarding carbon-based LNG, Eskola posited that its adoption will be needed to accelerate the reduction in GHGs, arguing that work already carried out in LNG-related projects can lower GHG ship emissions by as much as 30 percent.

"LNG as a marine fuel has a crucial role in [the] GHG reduction roadmap, and provides the basis for other actions to even further reduce the emissions of shipping," he said.

Digitalisation

On the issue of digitalisation, Eskola mentioned Wartsila's Smart Marine vision, which utilizes digitalisation and connectivity; it aims to increase overall resource efficiency, minimize the environmental burden, and increase the safety and reliability of maritime transport.

Urging the industry to look at the 'bigger picture', Eskola commented: "We should look beyond just vessel-level emissions. To be truly effective, we need to target everything involved in moving goods and passengers. At Wartsila, we envision a Smart Marine Ecosystem wherein smart vessels sail between smart ports in an environment of optimal efficiency and minimized emissions."






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