KNOWLEDGE SHARING ON HYDROGEN IN SHIPPING
H2SHIPS is an EU Project funded by Interreg North-West Europe and will develop an infrastructure for shipping using hydrogen propulsion that can drastically reduce pollution and improve our air and water quality.
Shipping has an extremely high environmental footprint. Its costs include air, water, acoustic and oil pollution. Its carbon dioxide emissions were equal to 2.2% of global human-made emissions several years ago and this figure is rising rapidly, predicted to rise 50% to 250% by 2050 unless action is taken.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the transport sector is crucial for climate change and air quality. While there is a need for tackling this challenge worldwide, our project focuses on North-west Europe (NWE) where water transport plays a key role for people and goods and accounts for 84% of European inland freight.
At present almost 100% of inland vessels are fuelled by gasoil (CCNR, 2017) which, similar to diesel, emits CO2, nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and Sulphur dioxide (SO2). The (H2020) PROMINENT project found that inland waterway and maritime transport sectors have great potential to become environmentally friendly and breakthrough alternatives are needed.