IWSA calls on shipping community to turn to wind power for decarbonisation

by 24, Mar, 2021Innovation, Maritime 4.00 comments

The International Windship Association (IWSA) has submitted an Open Letter calling on all maritime industry decision-makers and the entire shipping community to fully assess and utilise all available power solutions that deliver the necessary deep, swift cuts in carbon emissions over the next decade. 

IWSA believes that readily available and proven wind propulsion solutions must be integrated at the very heart of decarbonisation deliberations.

The letter calls for establishing a multi-stakeholder International Working Group to evaluate and quantify wind propulsion’s potential, to launch a comprehensive Strategic Review of shipping industry decarbonisation efforts in the context of the climate emergency. It asks to ensure a ‘level playing field’ is created and maintained for all power systems and to do more and go beyond the current narrow fuel-centric approach.

According to IWSA, the potential exists for 20-30 per cent of the global fleet’s energy requirement to be delivered by wind systems. By adopting wind solutions as part of a hybrid propulsion approach, vessel owners and operators can substantially deliver on the initial level emission savings targets for 2030, thus providing a critical component and step for achieving the 2050 target. A UK Government-commissioned study forecasts up to 45 per cent penetration of wind technologies into the global fleet by 2050. A key EU-commissioned report on wind estimates up to 10,700 installations are possible by 2030, including roughly 50 per cent of bulkers and 67 per cent of tankers alone.

The letter is signed by over 90 large corporations and smaller companies and organisations that are directly engaged in wind propulsion development or highly supportive of the sector and we understand that this letter will also receive.

Please download the ISWA open letter here