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Scandinavian firms team up to develop green fuel infrastructure

Six Scandinavian maritime companies have jointly launched a new initiative called called Zero Emission Energy Distribution at Sea (ZEEDS).

Annually, shipping is responsible for nearly 1bn tonnes of CO2 gas emissions globally, and the consortium is trying to address this by developing a new infrastructure for green fuels for ships.

The collaboration features blue chip names in the form of Wärtsilä, Aker Solutions, Equinor, DFDS, Grieg Star, and Kvaerner.

“The ZEEDS partners recognise that the transition to clean fuels will require a collective effort. We believe that by addressing the supply, storage and distribution chain, we can accelerate the switch to cleaner shipping fuels,” commented Cato Espero, a regional sales director with Wärtsilä.

Through the ZEEDS project the partners have explored potential solutions together, and the most promising ideas will be presented at Nor-Shipping in Oslo next week.

Moving forward the focus will be on engaging the relevant authorities and potential new partners to ensure further development of the concept and the ideas.

“In order to develop a sustainable solution to this challenge, we, as a society have to work together,” said Espero. “In saying that we need the support from authorities and are calling for them to implement incentives that will enable us to find the fastest route to zero emission shipping,” Espero concluded.

Splash will be reporting from Nor-Shipping all next week.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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