ClassNK joins working group on zero emission fuels

ClassNK joins working group on zero emission fuels

ClassNK has announced participation as secretariat in a “Cross-industrial Working Group Related to Zero Emission Alternative Ship Fuels” established by the CCR Study Group*.

The working group aims to reduce CO2 emissions in the international value chain by use of methane synthesized through methanation technology which combines CO2 and hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources.

Fuel methanation has gathered attention as a technology to help reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) from shipping. The working group aims to implement fuel methanation for ships and construct its supply chain by collaborating with other industries, companies, and administrations, and will hold discussions/deploy initiatives for the widespread use of methanation.

The IMO has a targeted reduction of GHG emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2050 compared to 2008 levels. Fuel methanation and other new and current technologies are being explored by various working groups to reduce emissions to meet this target.

* CCR (Carbon Capture & Reuse) Study Group was established with the aim of supplying alternative energy like synthetic methane or methanol by combining industrial carbon emissions with hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources toward achieving effective carbon neutrality that reduces use of fossil fuels, and contributing to the creation of a new energy supply system for 2050.