Clean Cargo, a buyer-supplier forum for sustainability in the cargo shipping industry, has reported that average CO2 emissions for global ocean transportation routes fell by one percent from 2016 to 2017.
The findings in Clean Cargo’s annual ‘2017 Global Maritime Trade Lane Emissions Factors’ report revealed that emissions per container per kilometre have dropped 37.1% on average since 2009, when it began tracking the use of low-sulphur and lower-carbon fuels.
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In addition to this, the data collected by Clean Cargo highlights that five percent of fuel used by the global container fleet in 2017 was light fuel oil (LFO), while liquefied natural gas (LNG) was used by some vessels on the Intra-Northern Europe trade lane.
Despite continued progress though, towards reaching clean air and climate goals, Clean Cargo reports that the shipping industry needs to “significantly” increase funding and innovation to meet the “ambitious” targets set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Clean Cargo calculated its index of 2017 results from the emissions reported by over 3,200 vessels and from 22 of the world’s leading ocean container carriers.