The UK government has committed US$ 7.8 million to help fund innovative technologies and fuels to reduce maritime emissions and progress towards a zero-emission sector.
Trials will take place to test energy saving devices such as the latest propellers, on board waste heat recovery systems and rotor sails that use wind power to cut fuel consumption.
The UK is playing a leading role in implementing binding energy efficiency targets for shipping as maritime transport emits around 1,000 million tonnes of CO₂ annually worldwide and creates about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
By 2025, the UK government plans to make a majority of its new ships 30% more efficient than current designs.
If emissions from international shipping are not addressed, studies suggest they will account for almost 17% of global emissions by 2050.
Vessels fuelled with liquid natural gas are regularly refuelling in the UK at ports including Teesport, Southampton and Immingham.
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Speaking in the run up to London International Shipping Week 2017, UK Maritime Minister John Hayes said: “The UK is home to a wealth of expertise in maritime technology, but more needs to be done to move this sector towards a zero emissions world.
“That’s why this government is committed to backing vital technology to meet this goal, and we are looking to deepen our technical expertise to further support industry.
“I will relay this message during London International Shipping Week 2017, where we will showcase the UK’s exciting future as a powerhouse of maritime innovation.”