The ICE Marine Design Group has become a signatory of the “Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization” initiative launched in conjunction with the U.N. General Assembly on 22 September. It will be delivered to world governments ahead of COP26, the UN’s Climate Change Conference being held this autumn in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Call to Action was developed by a multi-stakeholder taskforce convened by the “Getting to Zero” Coalition (a partnership between the Global Maritime Forum, the World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action) with members from the entire maritime ecosystem including shipping, chartering, finance, ports, and fuel production.

At ICE, we have seen an increasing awareness among our customers of the need to reduce emission of greenhouse gases (GHG), not only to comply with recent regulations but also to meet shipowners’ demands to “future proof” their new ships. We have assisted by retrofit design of exhaust gas scrubber systems in existing ships, and we have designed a solar-powered demonstration vessel and an all-electric ferry. Earlier this year we entered into an agreement with a leading supplier of battery-based Energy Saving Systems (ESS) that will significantly improve fuel efficiency, particularly of diesel-electric ships. We are keenly following developments that will make alternative “green” fuels practical and safe.

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