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Navigating Towards Cleaner Maritime Shipping

Lessons From the Nordic Region

This report analyses future energy-use in the shipping sector of the Nordic region. It centres on pathways that could allow the Nordic shipping sector to meet energy and environmental policy goals, including energy diversification, cutting air pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It details the feasible technology options currently available, the status of their adoption and government plans aimed at influencing future developments in this sector. Finally, it assesses implications for policy making for a rapid transition to cleaner maritime shipping. The Nordic region is pioneering efforts to reduce the environmental impact of maritime shipping, making the findings of this report relevant around the globe.

This report is part of the Decarbonising Transport initiative

Policy Insights

  • Increase the energy efficiency of new and existing ships.
  • Leverage public sector procurement to stimulate the electrification of short-distance shipping.
  • Introduce regulations on lifecycle emissions of maritime fuels.
  • Put in place carbon pricing for shipping and policies that can reduce the carbon content of shipping fuels.
  • Advance the discussion on market-based mechanisms at the International Maritime Organization.
  • Launch pilot projects to gain experience with new fuels and accelerate the adoption of safety guidelines.

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