ABB Marine & Ports, a division of Swiss-Swedish technology firm ABB, on Tuesday (14 January) delivered a testimony to the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure about the future of marine technologies.
The presentation was in front the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation during a hearing titled: “The Path to a Carbon-Free Maritime Industry: Investments and Innovation.”
A spokesperson presented an extensive overview of proven technologies that are commercially available today to reduce marine emissions, as well as shared recommendations for driving the shift to sustainable shipping and further developing solutions for enabling this transition.
“It is a great honour to be invited to testify before the Subcommittee,” said ABB North America Technical Solutions Manager Peter Bryn.
“ABB encourages the Subcommittee to set an ambitious, long-term national plan to achieve zero emissions for all vessels under its operation, as well as support the growth of the sustainable maritime industry.”
“We are pleased to be a resource to the Subcommittee in developing a strategy to seek cost-effective solutions.”
Sustainable transportation has a crucial role in the fight against climate change, with shipping accounting for 2 to 3% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
“The marine industry in the midst of a transition towards low and zero emissions technologies. Electric, digital and connected solutions are already transforming today’s shipping, and there will be a variety of solutions to suit different vessel types and operational profiles for reducing marine emissions,” said ABB Marine & Ports Managing Director Juha Koskela.
“Policies should focus on setting sustainability targets for shipping, allowing the industry to assemble the best technologies and solutions for enabling emission reduction, and provide support to the marine industry as it meets those targets,” added Peter Bryn when testifying at the hearing.
A Congressional hearing is key method by which US Congressional committees collect and analyse information as part of their legislative function. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has jurisdiction over many modes of transportation in the US, including surface and maritime transportation.
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Published: 15 January, 2020
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