Denmark – Equinor was welcomed as a Strategic Partner by the Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, pledging a long-term strategic collaboration and contribution to the development of zero carbon technologies and solutions for the maritime industry.
The multinational energy company will contribute valuable expertise in key areas such as safety in operation and design, carbon capture and storage design and operation, and renewable energy integration, including floating wind technology, thanks to its extensive experience in large-scale production and transport of maritime fuels.
Equinor is a producer and supplier of marine fuels, and it has worked hard to reduce its carbon footprint by developing new types of vessels and utilizing alternative fuels.
Shipping decarbonization roadmap
Global shipping accounts for around 3% of global carbon emissions, with 100.000 ships consuming around 300 million metric tonnes of fuel per year, a share that is likely to rise as other industries tackle climate emissions in the coming decades.
To meet the long-term goal of decarbonization, new fuel types and a systemic change in the industry are required. Shipping is a globally regulated industry, which offers the potential for widespread adoption of new technology and fuels.
A coordinated effort in applied research across the entire supply chain is required to accelerate the development of viable technologies. Laboratory research must be successfully matured into scalable solutions that meet the needs of industry, and industry leaders play a critical role in this. New legislation will be needed at the same time to enable the transition to decarbonization.