The Norwegian government has announced that it intends to reduce emissions from domestic shipping and fishing vessels by half by 2030 and to promote the development of zero- and low-emission solutions for all vessel categories.
“The transitions,” it says, “will be challenging, but it will also open up new opportunities for the maritime industry.
“Norwegian companies are winning many of the contracts for new, sustainable solutions, and thus building expertise along the entire value chain for green shipping.
“The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted a strategy including an ambition to reduce emissions from international shipping by at least 50% by 2050 compared with the 2008 level.
“This will result in a growing market for companies that can provide zero- and low-emission technology solutions.
"The main approach in our action plan is to consider possible measures and policy instruments for different categories of vessels: scheduled passenger vessels and ferries, cruise ships and international passenger ferries, cargo vessels, offshore support vessels, specialised vessels including aquaculture service vessels, fishing vessels and recreational craft.
"There are considerable differences between these categories in fleet structure and operating patterns, which means that different measures will be needed to encourage the phase-in of zero- and low-emission solutions for the different segments.
"The rapid phase-in of ferries with electric propulsion systems has been driven by requirements included in public procurement processes combined with grants, for example from Enova and the NOx fund, for technology development and for building charging infrastructure.”
The government says it will promote the inclusion of requirements for zero- and low-emission solutions in future procurement processes for ferries and high-speed vessels.
In the revised national budget for 2019, it proposed an allocation of NOK 25 million to promote the introduction of low- and zero-emission solutions for high-speed passenger vessels.
The funding will be channelled through a temporary initiative under the ‘Klimasats’ grant scheme run by the Norwegian Environment Agency, and will provide support for counties that wish to acquire climate-friendly high-speed vessels.