October 4, 2022

Shipping has made slow progress on climate change – can methanol help?

Shipping has made slow progress on climate change – can methanol help?
Shipping has made slow progress on climate change – can methanol help?Shipping has made slow progress on climate change – can methanol help?
container ship Maersk Murcia

The container ship Murcia Maersk 

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Shipping is a bigger contributor to climate change than aviation, and remains one of the few sectors where emissions are growing instead of falling. It has yet to find a sure-fire way to decarbonise. Last week might mark the beginning of a turning point. On 24 August, Maersk, the world’s biggest shipping company, said it had ordered eight ships capable of running on both normal oil-based fuel and a type of alcohol, methanol.

These won’t be the first ships running on methanol – there are …