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To promote green shipping
MAN Diesel & Turbo and the International Windship Association (IWSA) invited 200 leaders of the maritime industry to the ‘Ambition 1.5°C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan’ to debate an agenda to reduce shipping emissions.
MAN Diesel & Turbo wants to expand the debate on how to reach COP 21’s
targets and engage with all stakeholders – whether the general public,
NGOs, shipowners or classification societies – to see what solutions are
already in place or required.
The hopes and demands of the shipping industry
for a strengthened mandate of the IMO were not fulfilled in Paris; Bonn offers
us a new opportunity to accelerate what MAN Diesel & Turbo calls the
‘Maritime Energy Transition’, the move to cleaner technology within our
industry. Ultimately, uniform environmental standards must be established at
international level – a strong IMO as an international regulator is therefore
The term ‘Maritime Energy Transition’ stems from the German expression ‘Energiewende’ and encapsulates MAN Diesel & Turbo’s call to action to reduce emissions and establish natural gas as the fuel of choice in global shipping. It promotes a global ‘turn to gas’, driven by the IMO, and a common approach by the shipping industry and politics to invest in infrastructure development and retrofits.
Launched in 2016 after COP 21, the initiative has since found broad support within the shipping industry and German politics.
The Maritime Energy Transition is also an umbrella covering all MAN Diesel & Turbo activities in regard to supporting a climate-neutral shipping industry, including:
Hosted by the European Union’s Karmenu Vella – EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries – areas of action during the conference included the topics of Climate Change, Marine Pollution, Sustainable Fisheries, Sustainable Blue Economies, Marine Protection Areas and Maritime Security.
Wayne Jones, OBE, Chief Sales Officer of MAN Diesel & Turbo, spoke from the floor at the conference and said: “We clearly recognise that our interests are best served by ensuring that the world’s oceans remain in robust, good health. MAN Diesel & Turbo believes that it is time for what we call a ‘Maritime Energy Transition’ to find clean solutions for seaborne trade and transportation."
Jones concluded: “Just recently, my company set a new benchmark with the world’s first conversion of a container ship from conventional fuel to gas operation. In order to encourage more ship owners to follow this example, MAN Diesel & Turbo is pledging a 2 million Euro discount for 10 such LNG-retrofits to convert existing HFO engines into modern, clean, efficient gas-engines. In doing so, we hope to play our part in moving the world’s fleet towards the clean technology our industry and our oceans deserve.”
Since 2014, the Our Ocean Conference has brought about 250 concrete actions across the world, committing over 8.2 billion Euros (US$ 9.2 billion) from public funds and designating 9.9 million square kilometres as new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
The term ‘Maritime Energy Transition’ stems from the German expression ‘Energiewende’ and encapsulates MAN Diesel & Turbo’s call to action to reduce emissions and establish natural gas as the fuel of choice in global shipping. It promotes a global ‘turn to gas’ driven by the IMO and a common approach of the shipping industry and politics to invest in infrastructure development and retrofits.
The company had launched this initiative in 2016 in the light of the historical Paris agreement, convinced that the shipping industry, too, needed to contribute. The initiative has since found a broad line of supporters in the shipping industry and German politics.
On Our Ocean2017: