A Sustainable Future
It is critical that the shipping industry goes green. The IMO2020 initiative reduces sulphur emissions significantly, a big step for an industry that has been slow to adopt environmental change. Reaching 0.1 % or less sulphur is possible and must be mandated. The IMO predicted that unless there is a major effort to reduce pollution, CO2 emissions from shipping would increase 250 percent by 2050, as the world depends more and more on global trade. Due to this prediction, in April 2018, the 174 member states of IMO adopted a new strategy to phase out greenhouse gases from shipping with targets to halve carbon emissions in shipping by 2050. This is a step in the right direction, but why only half? That’s 30 years away, why can’t we work for zero emissions? Carbon free shipping, why not? The shipping and the scientific communities’ have the talent and the resources. There needs to be a sense of urgency in reducing shipping’s pollution to sustainable levels for the future of the planet.
There are over 70,000 ships on the water and many of them are old. Newer green ships with engines and new fuels - even sails will be on the seas in the future but true sustainability will not occur until if the old ships are not properly recycled. Green ship recycling is needed to prevent polluting our waters and losing the retired ships’ materials that can be recycled. Shipwrecks must also be addressed in a global ship recycling plan.