Energy efficiency data for shipping launched
December 8, 2010
By Argus Media
Dec. 8, 2010, Cancun, Mexico – A new data hub has been launched publicizing the energy efficiency levels of large ocean-going vessels.
Dec. 8, 2010, Cancun, Mexico – A new data
hub has been launched publicizing the energy efficiency levels of large
ocean-going vessels. Launched by the non-governmental organization Carbon War
Room at the UN Convention on Climate Change Cop 16 meeting in Cancun, Mexico,
the data system uses a methodology developed by the International Maritime
Organisation and from information from international ship registers.
Firms can now differentiate between heavy
carbon emitting and low-emissions ships. An A–G efficiency rating will be used
for approximately 60,000 ships, including cruise liners, tankers, bulk
carriers, ferries, and cargo ships. The data feeds are reliant on the
willingness of shipowners and operators to upload their efficiency standards to
shippingefficiency.org. It is hoped that the website will provide shipowners
with incentives to submit energy efficiency levels, as it can help make
investments more valid to investors, insurers, and buyers.
Shipping generates up to one billion tonnes
of carbon emissions each year, exceeding the total emissions in Germany, for
example, according to Carbon War Room.
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