August 29, 2012

Old Fossils

August 29, 2012

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Under Kyoto and EU obligations the UK is committed to reducing total carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. The UK has a legally binding obligation under the EU Renewable Energy Directive (2009) for renewable energy to account for 15% of energy by 2020. However the UK remains the only nation to […]

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Propulsion Revolution!

August 3, 2012

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New Dawn Traders are a UK collective that operate through a chartered 1907 Plymouth trading ketch, Irene. They are currently trading organic cargo around South America hoping to inspire a new generation of wind-powered cargo ships. “There’s a bigger debate to be had about shipping in general. Is there an alternative to huge polluting cargo […]

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International Waters: Up in Smoke?

July 27, 2012

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smoke on Hamburg Harbour

Emissions from shipping cannot be attributed any one country or economic bloc, so international cooperation is the most appropriate means to address the problem of smokestack emissions. This is partly why the issue is so complicated. With the IMO, UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), and EU all introducing international agreements and debating […]

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Alternatives to Bunker Fuel – Future Fuels

July 24, 2012

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AlgalBiofuels

Marine microalgae is the world’s fastest-growing photosynthetic organism, with a biomass that can double every 8 – 12 hours. It consumes carbon dioxide and sunlight, producing up to 80% of its bodyweight in lipids. This is an exciting technology as, unlike other biofuels such as sugar beet, it does not require large amounts of land […]

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Alternatives to Bunker Fuel – LNG

July 23, 2012

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Alternatives to Bunker Fuel Part 1 LNG “Future technology and innovation is needed in shipping as emission regulations and fuel prices drive change.”  –          Tom Boardley, Marine Director, Lloyd’s Register Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) LNG is approximately 1/600th the volume of gas in its gaseous state. Its energy density is 60% of that of diesel […]

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Sustainable Shipping Part 3 – Running on Empty

July 20, 2012

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Part 3 Fuel the Fire In a move far beyond anything the IMO has dared to put forward, the EU recently voted for something approaching a US-style low-emissions zone wrapped right around Europe’s coastline. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) issued a pre-emptive press release arguing against it: “Whilst ESPO is not seeking to reverse […]

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