How Can We Change That?
This isn’t surprising when looking at the statistics. About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, with the oceans holding about 96.5 percent of all of Earth’s water.
Our global economy relies on the maritime industry to import and export goods from one country to the next. Last year, the UN found that over 80 percent of the volume of international trade in goods is carried by sea, and the percentage is even higher for most developing countries.
The detrimental impact of one prominent industry emitting 300 million tons of fossil fuels into the air doesn’t stop there. New studies are finding that ocean pollution is a serious threat to human health. Why?
Coal combustion is the primary source of mercury pollution in the oceans. When coal is burned, mercury enters the atmosphere and eventually washes down into the oceans. If a pregnant woman eats fish contaminated with mercury, she could unknowingly cause harm to her unborn child’s developing brain. Adults increase their risk for heart disease or dementia by consuming fish with high levels of mercury.
We’re not only harming the planet’s ecosystem by allowing this industry to emit millions of fossil fuels into our atmosphere — we’re also hurting ourselves.
How can we power the maritime industry without harming the environment or ourselves?
The Maritime Industry’s New Goal
In 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), an international agency responsible for regulating shipping, set a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by the year 2050.
It isn’t just cargo ships beginning to shift toward a more eco-friendly approach. Marine facilities, boat maintenance companies, and boat manufacturers are also looking for alternative power options.
How can the maritime industry meet its new goal of cutting greenhouse gases while still utilizing reliable power sources? The answer is renewable energy.
Renewable Energy Can Power the Maritime Industry
Ethanol is widely available throughout the world and is considered a carbon neutral fuel. The water part of the mixture can be sourced from desalinated seawater. The maritime industry has access to this type of water on a large scale.
Recently, MayMaan was one of the 14 companies selected to participate in the 2022 PortXL acceleration program. The mission of PortXL is to accelerate innovative technologies for the green energy, maritime, logistics, and process industries in port regions worldwide. Port XL recognizes that MayMaan’s generators can support the maritime industry with renewable energy — working toward the IMO’s goal of cutting greenhouse gases in half, providing reliable power, and supporting the backbone of global trade.