South Korea’s top shipyards make carbon neutral pledge

South Korea’s six largest shipbuilding groups yesterday made a joint declaration to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The group, which includes Hyundai Heavy Industries, Samsung Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, are all bringing their own green ship designs to market, while also looking at their own manufacturing processes to cut emissions during construction.

South Korea’s shipbuilding industry emits around 2m tons of greenhouse gases a year. Most of the this is indirect emissions attributable to electric power used in various processes. The liquid fuels for trial runs also emit greenhouse gases.

The yards, with the backing of the national government, intend to use more renewable energy while developing many alternatively powered new ship designs.

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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