Wind assistance is one of the ways by which the commercial maritime industry will reduce its greenhouse gas and pollutant emissions in the next decade. What might this development mean for lubricants? Trevor Gauntlett investigates.
According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, approximately 80% by volume of world trade travels by sea. Shipping is by far the most efficient mode of freight transport by emissions per ton kilometer. However, as the global economy has grown, carbon emissions from shipping have increased consistently and were estimated by the International Maritime Organization to account for 2.89% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions in 2018.