Finland – Wärtsilä is actively supporting a co-programmed collaboration between the European Commission and the Waterborne Technology Platform.
The partnership’s goal is to demonstrate zero-emission solutions for all major ship types and services by 2030, paving the way for zero-emission waterborne transportation by 2050.
Assistance by Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä participated to the agreement’s preparation phase and will support the program’s internal procedures by assisting in the definition of the partnership’s strategic goals, monitoring and directing its development, and assuring the partnership’s appropriate functioning. Wärtsilä has taken a major role in efforts to decarbonize ships by researching carbon-neutral fuels and developing related engine technologies. Bio- and synthetic LNG, ammonia, methanol, hydrogen, and bio-fuels are among the fuels being investigated.
Reducing shipping emissions
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set a target of lowering overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping by at least half by 2050, compared to 2008 levels. Furthermore, a target has been set to reduce the carbon intensity of shipping by 40% by 2030, emphasizing the importance of rapid adoption of existing and new smart technology.
The partnership brings together the majority of Europe’s waterborne transport sector, including the European maritime technology sector (shipyards and maritime equipment manufacturers), the majority of the world’s container transport capacity, excellent research and cluster organizations, academia, class societies, the inland navigation sector, and associations representing the broader waterborne transport sector.