Netherlands-based independent environmental problem research and consultancy organisation CE Delft on Tuesday (4 August) said it led a consortium to prepare the Fourth IMO Greenhouse Gas Study which has just been released.
The study was prepared for the International Maritime Organization and the consortium comprised of ten consultancies, research institutes and universities from four continents, it said.
The study reports that greenhouse gas emissions from shipping have increased from 977 million tonnes in 2012 to 1,076 million tonnes in 2018 (9.6% increase).
The carbon intensity of shipping has improved by about 11% in this period, but the growth in activity was larger than the efficiency gains.
In the next decades emissions are projected to increase by up to 50% until 2050, relative to 2018, despite further efficiency gains, as transport demand is expected to continue to grow.
While the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic will probably cause a decline in emissions in 2020, they are not expected to significantly affect the projections for the coming decades.
“The report will provide the IMO with a factual basis for the negotiations on measures to address greenhouse gas emissions from shipping,” said Jasper Faber, CE Delft, project manager.
“It has again improved on the methods and presentation of the previous Greenhouse Gas Studies. We are proud to have assembled a truly global consortium bringing together some of the best experts in the field.”
The list of Consortium members led by CE Delft (the Netherlands), and, in alphabetical order, ClassNK (Japan), Dalian Maritime University (China), Fudan University (China), Institute of Economic Research Foundation, University of São Paulo (Brazil), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), National Maritime Research Institute, National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology (Japan), Purdue University (USA), The International Council on Clean Transportation, and UMAS, University College London (UK).
A copy of the Fourth IMO Greenhouse Gas Study is available here.
Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 5 August, 2020
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