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Commercial Marine

Our future marine solutions

How can we help stop global warming but keep profitable at the same time? What will be the major drivers, market trends and solutions in our maritime future? Those are the questions that experts pondered and discussed at our first mtu virtual Marine Summit.

The shipping industry has to become climate-friendly. The question is not whether we're going to do something, but what we're going to do. As a pioneer in propulsion technology, we are focusing on methanol as a key marine fuel. In this way, we are offering our customers planning security, because we urgently need to create concrete solutions together in order to achieve the climate targets.

Denise Kurtulus - Vice President Global Marine

Our way to green shipping

How does shipping go green?

The maritime world wants – and needs – to get greener. This is more than an outworking of the Paris Climate Accord – it's also the stated aspiration of many shipping companies, shipyard operators and skippers. But what waters have to be navigated to get there? Which e-fuels are set to win the race? When will these be available in sufficient quantity? 

Rolls-Royce invests in methanol technology for climate-friendly shipping

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is focusing on methanol as a fuel for climate-friendly shipping: The company is currently working on mtu engines for use with methanol. The new high-speed four-stroke engines, which are based on proven mtu technologies, are planned to be available to customers as soon as possible for use in commercial ships and yachts.

Fuel cells and the quest for green power

The question of whether drive technology and power generation need to be green is no longer an issue, because unless this happens the goals of the Paris Climate Accord – limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celsius (ideally 1.5 °C) – will be impossible to achieve. The only question now being discussed across the world is “how?”. What part will combustion engines play? What potential do fuel cells have? Which fuels are key? 
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What we announced

Responsibility

Shipping forms the backbone of the global economy, and therefore offers immense opportunities for growth. But those opportunities go hand-in-hand with responsibility – the responsibility to use the technologies of sustainability to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

Finding the best solutions together

Cooperation is our only option – shipyards, operators and owners have to pull together with marine propulsion specialists to develop the best solutions for climate-neutral shipping.

Ecology and economy

Sustainable concepts for marine propulsion are all-important, but they also have to make business sense. This is where ecological and economical must go hand-in-hand.

Framework required

For the shipping industry to realize a climate-neutral future, alternative fuels and new propulsion technologies are the only way forward. To develop and implement them economically, changes in the political framework of the world are required.

The scientific facts speak for themselves: to achieve our climate goals, no more compromises are possible in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. On the path towards climate neutrality, we need the cooperation of the shipping industry too.

Professor Hans-Otto Pörtner - member of the World Climate Council and marine biologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute.

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