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Prospects for Energy and Maritime Transport in the Nordic Region – Expert Workshop

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Maritime experts from the government sector, industry, civil society and academia gathered in Malmö to discuss energy use in shipping. The workshop “Prospects for energy and maritime transport in the Nordic region” was organised by the International Transport Forum (ITF), the World Maritime University (WMU) and Nordic Energy Research.

The workshop examined different options available to policymakers and industry for decarbonising the shipping sector.  Participants discussed how to capitalise on the Nordic region's leadership in sustainable shipping, while analysing which technology options are available and technically feasible.

The ITF and Nordic Energy Research will publish a Nordic Energy and Maritime Transport Outlook (NEMO), incorporating input from discussions during this event. The NEMO report will look primarily at technology and policy developments that can be implemented by 2030.  This report will feed into ITF’s Decarbonising Transport (DT) initiative.


Introduction and overview of workshop objectives and structure

Maritime energy management: The journey towards a zero/low carbon and energy efficient maritime future. Aykut I. Ölçer, WMU

Introduction to ITF and its Decarbonising Transport Initiative: Workshop background, objectives and structure. Olaf Merk, ITF/OECD

Introduction to NER and the Nordic Research Programme on Sustainable Maritime Fuels and Efficiency: Svend Søyland, NER

Achieving the Goals of the Initial IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships: IMO policy context: Roel Hoenders, IMO

Session A - Technology focus

Part 1 - Vessel efficiency

The perspective of an academic: Tristan Smith, University College London, UK

The perspective of an analyst: Christopher Pålsson, Lloyd’s List Intelligence

Part 2 – Combining efficiency and fuel switching to move towards net-zero GHG emissions

Going to Zero, Maersk’s Plans for Net Zero Emissions Operations by 2050. Anne Sophie Vinther Hansen, Møller-Maersk

MAN ES decarbonisation options towards 2050: The perspective of an engine manufacturer. Michael Jeppesen, MAN

Part 3 – Low- and zero-carbon energy vectors

Decarbonising Pathways for the Shipping Sector: Overview of available options. Carlos Ruiz, IRENA

Part 3.1 – Low-carbon energy vectors

Future Fuels: Pros and cons of LNG: Kaj Portin, Wärtsilä

Biofuels for shipping: Rianne de Vries, GoodFuels

The view of shipowners, from a Swedish perspective. Fredrik Larsson, Sweship

Part 3.2 – Zero-carbon energy vectors

The role of hydrogen and synthetic fuels: Cedric Philibert, Independent

Power-to-X and energy carriers for future carbon-neutral shipping. Tue Johannessen, Møller-Maersk

Electrification of maritime transport: The E-Ferry Project. Cecilie Larsen, E-Ferry

Electric ferries. Anna Prytz, Forsea

Session B - Policy focus

Part 1 - National policy frameworks

Shipping in the Danish National Climate Plan: Maria Skipper Schwenn, Danish Shipping)

The Finnish perspective: Ulla Lainio, Business Finland

Shipping in the Swedish National Climate Plan. Rein Juriado, Swedish Transport Administration

Maritime research in Norway. Sveinung Oftedal, Specialist Director KLD, Norway

Clean maritime transport: Icelandic priorities. Sigurdur Ingi Fridleifson, National Energy Authority, Iceland

Part 2 - Port operations, infrastructure and incentives

Port call optimisation to abate emissions. Rene Taudal Poulsen, Copenhagen Business School

Plug: Shore power/charging. Thor André Berg, Plug/ BKK

Shore power systems. Allan Holm Jørgensen, PowerCon, Denmark

The perspective of a port. Viktor Allgurén, Port of Gothenburg

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