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Alfa Laval joins Getting to Zero Coalition, committing to emissions reduction

Swedish company Alfa Laval, which specialises in solutions to heat, cool, separate and transport products such as oil, water and chemicals, has joined the Getting to Zero Coalition in a commitment to achieving net-zero emission vessels by 2030.

The goal is key to decarbonising the global shipping industry and reaching the International Maritime Organization target of cutting vessel-related greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050.

Launched in September 2019 at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, the coalition is an initiative from the Global Maritime Forum, the World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action. Comprising over 100 organisations and endorsed by 14 governments, the group will spearhead the development of game-changing technology needed to combat climate change.

“Stopping climate change is not only the greatest challenge of our generation, but also an obligation to the generations that will follow,” said Sameer Kalra, president of Alfa Laval’s marine division. “Just as marine business spans the world, we must partner across the industry to tackle the global problem of greenhouse gas emissions. Together we can – and will – lead the way to positive change.”

To reduce vessel-related emissions, technically feasible and commercially viable zero-emission vessels will be needed. However, since ships have a lifetime of 20 years or more, these vessels must begin entering the global fleet by 2030 for a 50% reduction to be achieved by 2050. There will also need to be scalable infrastructure available to provide vessels with zero-carbon energy sources.

“The demands are daunting, but clear,” continued Kalra. “Alfa Laval has a long history of collaborating with others to meet seemingly insurmountable challenges, not least when it comes to the environment. This challenge will be no exception. Through the Getting to Zero Coalition, we will work in both familiar and new constellations, bringing our full experience, our broad portfolio of marine technologies and our considerable R&D resources to the table. We are committed and we are determined.”