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Rewarding the shipping industry with carbon credits

Thursday, 8 May 2014

If ship owners save CO2 emissions with biocide-free coatings, they receive financial benefits.

Ship owners and operators are asked to convert to a biocide-free hull coating Source: AkzoNobel

Ship owners and operators are asked to convert to a biocide-free hull coating Source: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel's Marine Coatings business has announced a new methodology to reward the improved fuel efficiency of ships within the international maritime industry. Certification by The Gold Standard Foundation for the peer-reviewed methodology will allow ships to generate carbon credits, thus income, for the CO2 emission reductions they achieve.

Converting from biocidal to biocide-free coating

The methodology is based on ship owners and operators converting existing vessels from a biocidal antifouling system to the biocide-free hull coating "Intersleek”. A baseline emission level is determined for the vessel prior to the application of the system with the same data source then used to determine the emission savings after the application. The carbon credits generated are directly related to reduced emissions as a result of reduced fuel consumption. International spent more than two years developing the carbon credits methodology as part of its research into making eco-efficiency technologies more accessible for the wider shipping industry.

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