New mapping of zero emission pilots and demonstration projects by the Getting to Zero Coalition

Press Release: The Getting to Zero Coalition’s third update of Mapping of Zero Emission Pilots and Demonstration  Projects showcases global action across the value chain and delivers valuable new insights into  how industry is assembling the building blocks of shipping’s decarbonization pathway. 


The third edition of the Mapping includes significantly more projects – up from 106 to 203 – focusing  on ship technologies, fuel production as well as bunkering and infrastructure.  


This edition of the report includes more detailed information on vessel types, fuel focus, and  technologies under development, which could help the industry and regulators to track emerging  trends and specialization.  


“We hope that by continuing to develop a better understanding of the scale and diversity of zero emission  pilots and demonstration projects already underway, the mapping can build confidence in the transition  to zero emission shipping,” says Jesse Fahnestock, Head of Research and Analysis at the Global  Maritime Forum. 


Hydrogen-derived fuels take a larger share 


Some of the key findings in this year’s mapping include an increased focus on hydrogen-derived  fuels, a higher number of large vessels targeting ammonia and methanol, more bunkering and  infrastructure projects, as well as the emergence of fuel production in Oceania.  


Looking at fuel production developments over time, there is a steady and significant increase in  hydrogen production projects, and from 2021 there has been a significant increase in ammonia  production as well: 


Electricity-derived fuels, particularly hydrogen and ammonia are increasingly taking a larger share of the  industry’s focus, with 42 of the fuel production projects involving so-called “Green Hydrogen” based on  electrolysis,Jesse Fahnestock says. 


Connecting the value chain through pilots and demonstrations 


Most projects in the mapping, 114, have a connection to Europe. However, the new mapping includes  60 Asian projects, up from 31 in the second edition.  


In addition to a wider geographical focus, the mapping study has in its third version been expanded  to include a new category focusing on the parts of the value chain involved in each project. 


The Getting to Zero Coalition’s recent report The Next Wave: Green Corridors identified cross-value  chain collaboration as one of the key building blocks to establish green corridors. Building on the  findings of the report, the mapping has been expanded to track parts of the value chain involved in  pilot and demonstration projects. 


Almost all projects included in the mapping study involve multiple stakeholders and parts of the value chain,”  says Jesse Fahnestock. “Nonetheless, it remains challenging for projects to establish all the necessary  links, such as those to charterers and cargo owners, in the context of a pilot or demonstration. This reinforces  the need for Green Corridors to help build those connections.” 


The Getting to Zero Coalition’s Mapping of Zero Emission Pilots and Demonstration Projects is  updated on a continuing basis. 


The third edition of Getting to Zero Coalition’s Mapping of Zero Emission Pilots and  Demonstration Projects can be downloaded here

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