We are barely into the third week of the year and the topic of energy efficiency is moving up a gear.
So far in 2012 we have seen:
- The working group on guidelines for MARPOL Annex VI energy efficiency design index (EEDI) meet a few weeks ago – http://www.lr.org/sectors/marine/documents/233745-executive-summary-of-imo-energy-efficiency-working-group-2nd-intersessional.aspx
- The launch of EC’s consultation on shipping and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) – http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/12/19&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en – with a reply deadline of April 12
- Then in late February the IMO’s MEPC will consider a variety of matters, among them GHG, and a submission from the Bahamas proposing a formal monitoring and reporting process for GHG.
This debate will run and run. And as we follow the debate of ship energy efficiency it is worth remembering the reports from BP on the Energy Outlook for 2030 –
BP’s report states:“Demand for fuel and power is set to keep rising strongly over the next two decades, led by the fast growing economies of China and India. Oil is expected to remain the main source of transport fuel in 2030. But natural gas is growing faster and renewables faster still.”
How such changes will affect the choice and supply of fuels for shipping is as relevant as how the IMO Regulatory framework might impact on the choice and types of fuel.
What are your views? And what are your predictions for 2012 and the fuel debate?