The new Stena Estrid and Stena Edda are significantly more energy efficient compared to previous generations of ferries
Ferry company Stena Line has reduced both its total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and emissions per transported tonne, 10 years ahead of International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets.
According to the newly published sustainability overview A Sustainable Journey, Stena Line has reduced total CO2 emissions by 1.7 per cent, corresponding to 24,000 tonnes of CO2 in total. The company has also reduced the emissions per transported tonnne of freight and passenger vehicles by 3.6 per cent, meeting the IMO’s targets for a 40 per cent improvement in CO2 emissions efficiency from 2008 to 2030.
“We aim to be the leader in sustainable shipping, and we have high ambitions,” said Erik Lewenhaupt, head of sustainability at Stena Line. “During the last 10 years we have introduced more than 320 energy efficiency actions onboard and onshore, both technical and operational improvements and investments. The introduction of artificial intelligence- assisted vessels and the delivery of our first new larger and energy efficient vessels that went into operations on the Irish Sea during the spring are some highlights from last year.”
Beyond 2030, IMO targets call for the shipping industry to reach zero emissions by 2050.
“We are currently working in parallel with reducing fuel consumption, and emissions to sea and air and at the same time exploring and evaluating the fuels for the future,” said Lewenhaupt. “We are currently involved in several projects with alternative fuels and propulsion, including the world’s first methanol powered vessel and a battery project with the aim of launching a fully battery-powered vessel before 2030.”
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