- Jul 23, 2022 8:10 am GMT
Experts say the shipping industry will have to decarbonize rapidly to keep global average temperature increases below the critical threshold of 1.5C,...
he FuelEU Maritime initiative aims to increase the uptake of low-carbon and renewable fuels in shipping. But environmental campaigners have warned that it falls far short of the ambition needed to decarbonize the industry and promotes the use of liquified natural gas (LNG), which releases methane, a gas with a significant global warming impact when burned. Brussels-based thinktank Transport & Environment says the proposed law could do more harm than good and that the EU risks creating stranded assets, some of which will be publicly funded.
“[The regulation] provides benefits for LNG. There is currently no economic rationale for a shipping company to choose methanol or ammonia over LNG. They are considerably more expensive,” said Faig Abbasov, shipping programme director at Transport & Environment.
“It incentivizes the use of LNG and biofuels, but what we really need is to strongly incentivize long-term, scalable solutions, which are green hydrogen and hydrogen fuels,” said Tristan Smith, an expert in shipping and energy at University College London’s Energy Institute.
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