Report says ‘Freight Shipping’ by sea can not provide solid climate benefits

Container ship "Freya from Heerenveen"Container ship "Freya from Heerenveen"Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

By transferring freight from road to sea, energy consumption is reduced by at least 41 percent, and CO2 emissions by at least 39 percent, according to a new report from energy technology experts DNV GL.

The report was commissioned by the NSA (Norwegian Ship Owners Union/ Norges Rederiforbund) and submitted on Wednesday, reported the newspaper Finansavisen.

‘Sea transport is the most climate-friendly form of transport. There are less traffic jams, fewer accidents and reduced road damage.

‘This makes goods transfer kinder to the climate and transport policy a sweeter pill to swallow’, said the union’s director of industrial policy, Amund Drønen.

He argued that economic savings would be 1.3 billion per year.

A transfer of 5 million tons of freight from road to sea is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 300,000 tons per year. It would replace up to 300,000 long journeys by truck annually.

According to DNV GL’s experts, this corresponds to the greenhouse effect of 150,000 fossil cars in Norway being replaced by an equal number of electric vehicles (EVs).


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today