Alfa Laval – provider of heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling solutions – has joined the Getting to Zero Coalition, an initiative from the Global Maritime Forum which is a coordinated effort of more than 100 organisations to address climate change by driving the development of game-changing technology. The aim is to get zero-emission vessels (through zero-emission fuels) into operation by 2030.
The Getting to Zero Coalition was announced on September 23, 2019, at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, and is a partnership between the Global Maritime Forum, the World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action. Comprising more than 100 organisations and endorsed by 14 governments, the coalition will spearhead the development of game-changing technology needed to reach zero emission.
“Stopping climate change is not only the greatest challenge of our generation, but also an obligation to the generations that will follow,” says Sameer Kalra, President of the Marine Division. “Just as marine business spans the world; we must partner across the industry to tackle the global problem of greenhouse gas emissions. Together we can – and will, develop sustainable and commercially viable solutions for the marine industry to the benefit of both people and the planet.”
The Getting to Zero Coalition’s aim of zero-emission vessels by 2030 is ambitious but necessary as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has the target of cutting vessel-related greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050.
As the marine industry works towards a future based on non-fossil fuels, Liquid Natural Gas is expected to be one of the transition fuels towards decarbonisation. Alfa Laval’s technologies and product range are already well suited for the new fuel types.