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Blue Sky Maritime Coalition releases CO2 emissions data in North American waterborne transportation report

05 Aug 2022

The Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (BSMC) on Monday (1 August) has released a new report which provides a current benchmark for CO2 emissions from the major vessel sectors that make up maritime transportation in North America.

“Having a complete view of the North American maritime industry’s carbon footprint helps us better understand the sum of the challenge ahead of us and the solutions needed to address those challenges,” said David Cummins, BSMC President and CEO.

“This report drills down to the sector level, helping us focus and prioritise our efforts where they can have the biggest impact.”

Developed by the Finance, Commercial and Chartering Workstream, the North American Waterborne Transportation Carbon Footprint report found that CO2 emissions from North American waterborne transportation was approximately 47 million tonnes in 2018. 

Of the total North American maritime-related emissions, the offshore support vessel fleet and the inland tug and push-boat fleets make up nearly 50% of all emissions. Coastal and harbour tugs and ferries make up another 14% and tankers and articulated tug-barges contribute 6%.

“Establishing a baseline for emissions that considers operational variables and unique sector characteristics is an important step in being able to measure progress toward our decarbonisation goals. 

Sharing this data is key to building collaboration and trust among our stakeholders and helps chart a path forward together,” continued Cummins.

Note: The full copy of “North American Waterborn Transportation Carbon Footprint” report can be downloaded here.


Photo credit: Blue Sky Maritime Coalition
Published: 5 August, 2022

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