October 27, 2022
6 min read

If the sea could talk to us, what would it say?

It would tell us it’s under threat from climate change – and ask us all to work together to preserve it by reducing greenhouse gases.

The sea does so much for us

The sea feeds us. It transports 90% of all globally-traded goods. It absorbs huge quantities of CO₂. Without it, the planet would be six to eleven degrees warmer. And every second breath we take comes from the oceans.

Decarbonizing the sea: it’s time to turn the tide

But the sea is being harmed by those who use it

Shipping is one of the least emission-intense forms of transport. But the sheer size of the maritime sector means that it produces more emissions than the aviation industry.

It produced over one billion tons of CO₂ in 2018. And it’s predicted that shipping will account for 17% of global carbon emissions by 2050 if nothing changes.

These greenhouse gases obviously contribute to climate change – and this has a direct effect on the sea:

Rising Sea Levels

Sea levels rise, and the increase in extreme weather impacts on shipping

Elevating Water Temperature

The temperature of the water increases, threatening the ecosystem of the sea

Absorbing CO₂

The sea’s ability to absorb CO₂ is reduced

The need to reduce emissions is therefore urgent.

Slower sailing speeds are one way to help, but this is hard to implement in today’s fast-moving, want-it-yesterday world.

More effective solutions include new fuels, new technologies and new ship designs.

These solutions require close collaboration between governments, companies and even competitors. We have developed and fostered many such partnerships, with e-fuel producers, shipping companies, boat builders, port authorities and more.

After all, we’re all in the same boat when it comes to climate change.

Electrofuel – carbon neutral liquid fuel made from renewable electricity – that is the big transition in energy supply for shipping companies and other hard-to-abate sectors.

Claes Fredriksson

CEO Liquid Wind

The target we have set for reducing CO₂ emissions by 70% by 2030 is one of the most ambitious goals in the industry. To achieve that, we need collaboration.

Christoffer Lillhage

Senior Business Development Manager – Energy, The Port of Gothenburg

The customer base will demand better environmental performance. It is just the reality of doing business now.

David Gordon

COO KiwiRail

We need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in advance of any regulations that may be around the corner.

Matt von Ruden

System Electrification Program Administrator, Washington State Ferry

With this e-methanol technology, the maritime sector can be decarbonized. It’s possible and viable, technically and also economically.

Knud Erik Andersen

CEO European Energy

It is important that we decarbonize as fast as possible and really push the green transition. These are new developments – but the technology is there.

Berit Hinnemann

Head of Green Fuels Sourcing, A.P. Moller - Maersk

If you want to achieve decarbonization, it is necessary to establish partnerships with other industries.

Francesca Pellegrini

Sales Manager for Marine Market, Siemens Energy

For all power-to-fuel development projects which are coming, you need to be partnering up.

Engelbert Schrapp

Principal Corporate Account Manager, Siemens Energy

We all know that we need to do something different. We need to change our mindset. And that is across all industries, not just the maritime industry.

Luke Briant

Director of Marine Solutions Americas, Siemens Energy

This vessel is really eco-friendly and I think more and more countries around the world will start to be curious about this.

Svein Erik Waskaas

Captain, Bastø Fosen Ferries

Views of the sea

With so many businesses depending on the sea, it’s everyone’s business to preserve it. Collaboration across all marine sectors enables projects that would otherwise not exist. And it accelerates decarbonization, for the ocean and for the whole planet.