The folks in charge of the shipping industry have promised to cut down on their earth warming emissions and go carbon neutral by the year 2050.
Now, too much CO2 in the atmosphere is bad and then it can supercharge the year's natural greenhouse effect, warming the planet.
So, going carbon neutral means the shipping industry plans to take steps to remove the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to what it's emitted through their activities of their business.
To do this, they're looking at using cleaner fuels like electric and wind power as opposed to burning fossil fuels.
So many of the things we use in our daily lives are shipped across the ocean.
We've gone from rowing to sail, to sail, to steam, steam to the oil sector.
And now we're moving to a new transition.
Bells and whistles that can be put on ships. We also now have wind assist technology.
Our top priority right now must be the transition to the new zero emission fuels and technologies.
If you look around your home, the clothes that you're wearing, the food that you put on the table, almost all of that has come across the ocean.
And at any given time, there is many as 50,000 large cargo vessels traversing the high seas.
In terms of the global pie, as we call it, for carbon emissions, maritime is only responsible for about 3%, which sounds like a small number, but it's actually -- if it were a nation, it would be equivalent to a major G7 economy like Japan or Germany.
And unfortunately, under business as usual, those emissions are predicted to at least double by 2050.
Decarbonizing the shipping sector can have great benefits beyond just reducing carbon emissions, reductions in local air pollution, lots of new jobs producing these new fuels.
We also have the potential to address other issues like ocean noise pollution.
We need to look urgently at the efficiency savings that can be made, whether it's wind propulsion, whether it's bubbles on ships, hole, design, even operating procedures.
And these have multiple benefits.
Of course, these new wind-propelled ships are different than the olden days.
And there's a lot of innovation happening in this space.
There are going to be some challenges because ports may need to make some changes to be able to accept these vessels as they come into port.
It'll be interesting to see about maintenance, making sure that these technologies are safe.
But all of these challenges are surmountable.
Even if we did all of that, we would only be able to reduce emissions by about 50%.