World’s first ‘carbon-capture at sea’ set for shipping trials

(EurActiv, 2 Sep 2020) Japanese shipbuilding giant Mitsubishi announced on Monday (31 August) that it will build and test a carbon-capture system for ships, aimed at significantly reducing the emissions of the maritime sector.

Shipping is a heavy polluter – its greenhouse gas emissions make up roughly 2.5% of the globe’s total – and reliance on international trade means that the sector is predicted to increase its carbon footprint substantially if nothing is done to make ships greener.

In 2018, members of the International Maritime Organisation agreed to club together and work towards a 50% cut in emissions by mid-century. Technologies like hydrogen, ammonia and even battery power have been touted as ways of achieving that target.

But a lack of working prototypes and industry apprehension at the huge costs involved in developing greener boats have led climate analysts and activists to ask when and how the sector will actually start making the promised emission cuts.

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EurActiv, 2 Sep 2020: World’s first ‘carbon-capture at sea’ set for shipping trials