Committing to a sustainable maritime future

Committing to a sustainable maritime future

The transition to a sustainable economy is one of the major undertakings in human history. Industrial technology companies have a critical role to play in this historic effort, applying the brightest minds to develop technologies and deliver solutions that will enable the global green shift.

Juha Koskela, Division President, ABB Marine & Ports
Juha Koskela, Division President, ABB Marine & Ports

As a major stakeholder in this movement, ABB Marine & Ports is committed to supporting the shipping industry’s decarbonization agenda with electric, digital and connected technologies that allow cleaner and more efficient operations.

Meeting the International Maritime Organization’s goal of halving greenhouse gas emissions from ships by 2050 is a critical step toward sustainability, and will require a comprehensive and proactive response from the maritime community. Shipping is well positioned to take concrete action by choosing to implement technologies that provide reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions.

Realizing viable green supply chains is another key factor. Much depends on how prepared each country is to make the energy transition. The basic prerequisites include supportive regulatory frameworks, access to financial resources, and a commitment to building the necessary infrastructure. Encouragingly, we see that support for zero-emission marine technologies such as ferry electrification is growing in many parts of the world.

Building a future together

Regulatory pressures have helped set the green shift in motion, but sustainability is becoming steadily more critical to corporate social legitimacy. In response, stakeholders across the value chain are increasingly demanding and delivering innovative solutions with a reduced impact on the environment.

As the shipping community begins to bounce back from the disruptions of 2020, we feel certain that environmental stewardship will take an even higher place on their long-term list of priorities. We believe shipowners and suppliers across the globe will redouble efforts to comply with environmental regulations and do their part toward ensuring a sustainable future. Now more than ever, we need a collective response to our collective responsibility.

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