ABB Marine & Ports has delivered a testimony to the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure about the role of marine technologies in cutting global shipping emissions.
ABB presented a comprehensive approach to reducing marine emissions at a hearing in front the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.
The hearing on “The Path to a Carbon-Free Maritime Industry: Investments and Innovation” assessed current and future technologies for zero-emission vessel operations.
“It is a great honour to be invited to testify before the Subcommittee,” said Peter Bryn, technical solutions manager, North America, who has presented at the hearing. “ABB encourages the Subcommittee to set an ambitious, long-term national plan to achieve zero emissions for all vessels under its operation, as well as support the growth of the sustainable maritime industry. We are pleased to be a resource to the Subcommittee in developing a strategy to seek cost-effective solutions.”
As the sole original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to testify at the hearing, ABB Marine & Ports presented an extensive overview of proven technologies that are commercially available today to reduce marine emissions, as well as shared recommendations for driving the shift to sustainable shipping and further developing solutions for enabling this transition.
Sustainable transportation has a crucial role in the fight against climate change, with shipping accounting for 2 to 3 per cent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The IMO has set a global target to cut annual emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2050 from 2008 levels.
“The marine industry in the midst of a transition towards low and zero emissions technologies. Electric, digital and connected solutions are already transforming today’s shipping, and there will be a variety of solutions to suit different vessel types and operational profiles for reducing marine emissions,” said Juha Koskela, managing director, ABB Marine & Ports.
Testifying at the hearing, Peter Bryn added: “Policies should focus on setting sustainability targets for shipping, allowing the industry to assemble the best technologies and solutions for enabling emission reduction, and provide support to the marine industry as it meets those targets.”
A Congressional hearing is key method by which US Congressional committees collect and analyse information as part of their legislative function. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has jurisdiction over many modes of transportation in the US, including surface and maritime transportation.