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New Centre for Zero Carbon Shipping

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

The shipping sector accounts for around 3% of global carbon emissions. The industry has made a firm commitment to reduce this to zero within this century. Short-term measures related to increased energy efficiency is enabling a 40% relative reduction by 2030. A group of leading industry players are taking the next step to develop new fuel types and technologies by launching the The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.

Our Chief Investigator, Professor Peta Ashworth who is passionate about decarbonisation and actively involved in building energy literacy in the community and delivering educational events across the country and the world, was invited to attend the opening of the Centre in May 2022 as a guest of Sumitomo.

Founded in 2020, the Centre is a not for profit independent research and development center looking to accelerate the transition towards a net-zero future for the maritime industry. A key focus of the center is to identify five green corridor shipping trials over the next few years so as to be able to trial their new ships that are set to run on ammonia once proven. This of course is not without its challenges given the toxic nature of ammonia. The GlobH2E offers a PhD opportunity on Understanding scale dimensions of large renewable energy projects to ensure a social license to operate for Ammonia production - based at University of Queensland under supervision of Professor Ashworth

The Centre has a range of partners who are all interested in reducing emissions and they have already developed a fuel pathway maturity map which provides a traffic light system evaluation of the value chain for each alternative fuels, with the colours indicate current technical and regulatory maturity level. The map is updated continuously as existing barriers are removed or new barriers are identified.

Watch Professor Peta Ashworth's talk at the Ammonia Energy Live - October 2021 edition where she discuss about key social licence issues in Australia around hydrogen and ammonia projects.

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