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Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

Ten ways to cut shipping’s contribution to climate change – from a researcher

Simon Bullock, The Conversation Shipping & Ports

To keep below the threshold of 1.5 degrees °C of warming – the goal of the Paris climate agreement – immediate reductions in carbon emissions are needed. 

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Ship recycling: building a circular economy for the high seas

World Economic Forum Shipping & Ports

A speaker blog for World Ocean Summit Asia-Pacific by Sabrina Chao, president of BIMCO.

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3 steps towards making aviation and marine fuel cleaner

Anjan Ray, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions Shipping & Ports

On the current trajectory, sustainable fuels will only supply a small percentage of aviation and shipping needs. Favourable government policies are needed to increase production and adoption of sustainable fuels in both sectors.

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World's first crewless, zero emissions cargo ship will set sail in Norway

Rochelle Beighton, CNN Shipping & Ports

A Norwegian company has created what it calls the world's first zero-emission, autonomous cargo ship.

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Maersk accelerates fleet decarbonisation with new vessel order

Stine Jacobsen, Reuters Shipping & Ports

A.P. Moller-Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) said on Tuesday it had ordered eight vessels which are able to run on carbon-neutral methanol to accelerate the decarbonisation of its fleet and meet increased customer demand for greener transportation.

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IPCC issues stark climate change warning – but what about trade?

Deepesh Patel, Trade Finance Global Shipping & Ports

Today’s IPCC report warns that temperatures are very likely to reach 1.5°C of warming by 2050. But what could this mean for global trade, trade finance and supply chains?

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5 Examples of Best Practice to Sustainably Finance the Port Sector

UNEP FI Shipping & Ports

Ports are gateways for development, global trade and maritime innovation, and being located at sea level, they are on the front lines of climate change.

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Is deep-sea mining in the Arctic a good idea?

Anita Parlow, World Ocean Initiative Energy Solutions Shipping & Ports

A guest blog by Anita Parlow, expert on Arctic shipping, energy and infrastructure.

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How a demand-driven approach could accelerate zero-emission freight transportation

Margi Van Gogh & Angie Farrag-Thibault, World Economic Forum Shipping & Ports

By greening their supply chains, freight buyers could boost decarbonization efforts in the global freight transportation sector.

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Travel Norway’s Fjords on a Quiet Electric Ferry

Gabriel Leigh, Bloomberg Green Energy Solutions Shipping & Ports

Hop on a ferry in Norway and it’s increasingly likely that the rumble of a diesel engine will have been replaced by the quiet hum of an electric motor.

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Sustainable Ship Loans Set Sail

Shravan Bhat & James Mitchell, RMI Shipping & Ports

Staff at RMI’s Center for Climate-Aligned Finance (the Center) analyzed how financial institutions are helping shape the shipping sector’s decarbonization journey through the Poseidon Principles.

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Anglo American tests out sustainable biofuel in shipping operations

Daniel Gleeson, International Mining Energy Solutions Shipping & Ports

Anglo American says it has successfully trialled the use of sustainable biofuel to power a chartered capesize ship during a voyage from Singapore to South Africa.

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DHL adds sustainable marine fuel option for container shipments

Biofuels International Shipping & Ports

DHL Global Forwarding has introduced another Sustainable Marine Fuel (SMF) service for ocean freight as part of its sustainability strategy.

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TransOceanic Wind Transport harnesses the air for low-carbon shipping

Climate & Capital Media Team Energy Solutions Shipping & Ports

A blend of ancient and cutting-edge, TransOceanic Wind Transport uses wind-powered vessels to meet modern shipping needs.

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ECOsubsea scrubs ship slime to save the seas

Climate & Capital Media Team Shipping & Ports

ECOsubsea cleans the "bio-fouling," i.e. accumulated sea slime on hulls, that makes ships less efficient and threatens ocean ecosystems.

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The Ship Sinking Off Sri Lanka Looks Like A Lasting Environmental Disaster

Ari Shapiro, NPR Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports

Its cargo is the concern: The ship was carrying dangerous chemicals, including 25 tons of nitric acid and 350 tons of fuel oil.

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How the shipping sector is decarbonising

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group Shipping & Ports

The World Ocean Summit explored the roadblocks and opportunities—from innovation and technology to financing and collaboration.

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To Help Stop Illegal Fishing, Governments Should Leverage Port State Measures Treaty Tools

Peter Horn & Katherine Hanly, The Pew Charitable Trusts Fisheries & Aquaculture Shipping & Ports

Funding and related assistance programme could help developing nations improve fisheries sustainability.

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Decarbonizing shipping – why now is the time to act

Henriette Hallberg Thygesen, et al., World Economic Forum Shipping & Ports

The shipping industry must reach zero emissions by 2050, and to get there zero-emission ships must become the dominant and competitive choice by 2030.

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The Ocean Decade: how the next ten years can chart a new course for the blue planet

Jack Marley, The Conversation Shipping & Ports

When birdsong was filling the muted days of the first lockdown, marine scientists were noticing something similar in the world’s oceans.

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