How Is KR 1.6 Tracking?
Our Maritime key result calls for more aggressive reductions in emissions from cargo and cruise ships. By burning heavy fuel oil, these sea transport vehicles emit large quantities of carbon dioxide and sulfur oxides. More than two-thirds of these gases are expelled within 250 miles of coastlines, exposing hundreds of millions of people to harmful pollutants.
Given the typical bulk carrier’s 15 year life span, the maritime sector will be especially challenging to decarbonize. The path forward is to prod the industry to make or retrofit ships to be “zero-emissions-ready” by using cleaner power sources such as green hydrogen, methanol, ammonia, or batteries.
In the meantime, maritime emissions can be reduced by slowing ships down, installing more efficient engines, upgrading hulls and propulsion systems, and adding filters to catch those deadly small particles before they escape into the air.
Data for KR 1.6 sourced from Maersk.