Shipping and aviation plan to go net zero. How?

November 16, 2021

October saw a seismic shift, with the global maritime shipping and aviation industries both committing to move to net zero by 2050. For the shipping industry, this is further progress on the landmark Poseidon Principles. For aviation, this shows a new level of ambition.

But both sectors are difficult to decarbonize, and a central question remains: How will they do it?

We don’t yet have all the details of the technologies that will be used — but neither do these industries. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has stated that in order to reach net zero, 5 percent of the global shipping fleet will need to be zero-emissions by 2030. This means constructing and deploying thousands of vessels based on new technology that has not yet been deployed at scale, as well as building fuel supply chains to support them.

In the longer term, MPP is exploring a range of options for aviation. The organization says that hydrogen-powered aircraft will be critical for reducing emissions from mid- and long-term flights. These planes include both fuel cell and hydrogen combustion aircraft.

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