ABS Sees Quicker Pullback For Shipping From Fossil Fuel

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ABS sees shipping weening itself off oil as a fuel much quicker than earlier predicted, says an article published in Splash.

Low Carbon Shipping

The impact of emerging hydrogen and carbon value chains, as well as the potential for carbon markets and pricing to reshape global shipping, are explored in depth in the latest support for the industry’s decarbonisation ambitions from class society ABS, which is now predicting a far faster pullback for shipping from fossil fuels.

The 124-page fourth edition of the Setting the Course to Low Carbon Shipping series, which contains a range of concept designs for future ships, was officially unveiled yesterday at Posidonia.

Extensive and rapid change

“We are in the early innings of a decade of change for our industry and this latest outlook shows just how extensive and rapid that change is going to have to be if we are to meet 2050 objectives. We will need both hydrogen and carbon value chains to mature and scale up rapidly,” said Christopher Wiernicki, ABS chairman, president and CEO.

Energy Consumed

Total energy consumed by the shipping industry will climb from 185 million tonnes HFO equivalent in 2020 to 237 million tonnes HFO equivalent in 2050, according to ABS’s base scenario for the ship types considered in this analysis. 

This is because containerships and, to a lesser extent, LNG carriers are becoming more important.

Carbon economics

“The share of oil-based fuels will decline much faster after 2030 than predicted previously,” the study states, adding: “The adoption of alternative fuels is considered in the context of the fleet renewal we expect over the next few years, taking into account our assumptions about newbuilding contracting and ship demolition by size and type. The step change after 2030 is eminently feasible with the normal fleet renewal process on this basis.”

“The 2022 outlook provides a perspective on how new regulations, paired with carbon pricing and the development of new global hydrogen and carbon industries, are going to radically change the shape of our industry in the decades to come. Carbon economics is emerging as a major new force in our industry,” said Georgios Plevrakis, ABS vice president of global sustainability.

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Source: Splash

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