DTU: New CO2 numbers carry good news for shipping companies

The CO2 emissions from ships has been lowered by six percent from 2010 to 2011 and that is good news for the shipping companies and their efforts to curb pollution, says senior researcher at The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Hans Otto Kristensen, to ShippingWatch.

The shipping companies have made an effort worth acknowledging as a new study shows that the emission of CO2 from ships fell by six percent from 2010 to 2011, says senior researcher at DTU Coastal Maritime and Structural Engineering Hans Otto Kristensen.

“It is a positive development not least because the numbers have been gathered in the years following the economic downturn in 2008-2009 so it is not just the companies who are choosing to slow steam. In all likelihood, they have also put to use a list of other operational initiatives. That shows the shipping companies have put focus on the energy consumption. Now the reports are coming in and that in itself is good because it shows that the industry on a broad front has taken the energy challenge seriously. Six percent is not an insignificant drop. If it had been just a few percent, it could have been explained away by the margin of error which these studies always entail. This is valid though,” says Hans Otto Kristensen to ShippingWatch.

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