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Could wind energy help shipping cut its emissions sooner?

Container vessels and shipping containers at a the port of Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia
As shipping is responsible for around 3 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, the IMO is revising its carbon intensity indicator framework to improve larger vessels’ energy efficiency (Photo: Lionel Ng/Bloomberg)

Seen as one of the hardest industries to decarbonise, shipping is facing tough investment decisions, with some campaigners promoting wind propulsion as a valid alternative to low-carbon fuels

With the picture still unclear on which low carbon fuel will replace fossil fuels in the shipping industry — current options include green methanol, ammonia and hydrogen — wind propulsion is being touted as a quicker way to decarbonise the sector.

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