Determining the Impact and Role of Onboard Vessel Emission Reduction

Published — June 23, 2022

This paper is part of the Onboard Vessel Solutions Paper Series: Vessel Emission Reduction Technologies & Solutions

The paper series covers the impact and role of vessel greenhouse gas and air pollutant emission reduction in maturing alternative fuel pathways. Onboard impact is defined in terms of tank-to-wake global warming potential with the role of onboard emission reduction either being for regulatory compliance or as an option to reduce emissions. Fuel pathway maturity is an assessment of solution readiness across the entire value chain including if vessels, fuel production plants or bunkering vessels can be ordered without technical risk, at realistic price levels and with underlying regulation in place.

Based on identified vessel emission risks, the paper series deep dives into specific emissions that need to be addressed to increase alternative fuel pathway maturity. The objective of these deep dives is to understand current or potential emission levels, set reduction targets, and identify and map applicable technologies and solutions. Emission reduction potential is then determined, and recommendations given to mature the selected fuel pathways. Finally, areas or concepts for further research and development are identified including recommended future project topics.

Papers are based on work completed as part of Center projects and working groups consisting of Center partners and external participants and contributors. Working groups provide a collaborative framework facilitated by the Center to jointly engage partners and external experts and companies on specific topics to deliver clear and impactful results.