​Green technology and alternative fuels in shipping

As one important way to reduce emissions from shipping  the HELCOM Maritime Group has lately focused on  enhanced regional cooperation on alternative fuels and green technology for ships.  Such cooperation is central for the longer perspective and supplements MARPOL Annex VI measures and economic incentives e.g. as specified in HELCOM Recommendation 28E/13. 

This work has been carried out in a wide cooperation with a number of other actors in the region to provide maximal momentum to the process. As one of first dedicated steps HELCOM organised a targeted event on alternative fuels and green technology in shipping together with the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL) in April 2013.

Later, in October 2013 the 2013 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting agreed on the creation of a targeted joint "Green Technology and Alternative Fuels Platform for Shipping" to speed up the process. The idea behind the platform is to gather national administrations, industry, research community and NGOs involved in green technologies and alternative fuels.  The platform is also related to the activities around the "St. Petersburg initiative", an international network to unite governmental, business and financing organizations for Baltic Sea cooperation established at the St. Petersburg summit April 2013.

The Green Technology and Alternative Fuels Platform for Shipping was launched on 16 january 2014 during an event which was  organised by the Finnish Presidency of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and HELCOM in cooperation with the Baltic Development Forum (BDF) and the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL).

Besides launching the Platform itself the January event brainstormed a joint set of concrete steps to speed up the use of green technologies for shipping in the Baltic. These ideas have been introduced to the Green Technology and Alternative Fuels—Draft Roadmap, which has since January been further discussed during a dedicated event in April in St Petersburg and will likely also be considered during the Baltic Sea Days in Turku in June. The document is still open for comments and logos of interested actors, and is available in both English and Russian (see right side of this page). 

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