Bureau Veritas Spotlights The Potential Of Carbon Capture For Shipping

Bureau Veritas Spotlights The Potential Of Carbon Capture For Shipping - Carbon Herald
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In a new report, testing, inspection and certification specialist Bureau Veritas (BV) highlights the potential that onboard carbon capture will have in decarbonizing the shipping industry. 

The report titled “Onboard Carbon Capture: An Overview of Technologies to Capture CO2 Onboard Ships” examines the technical feasibility of using carbon capture and storage (CCS) on vessels. 

In it, Bureau Veritas dives into various emerging carbon capture technologies and explores their potential for capturing significant amounts of CO2 – studies show achievable capture rates between 82% and 90%.

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While challenges remain, such as establishing global regulations and ensuring safe onboard CO2 handling, BV highlights CCS’s role in decarbonizing shipping alongside alternative fuels. 

The report also emphasizes the shipping industry’s crucial role in developing a global carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) value chain. 

Ships could act as CO2 transporters, facilitating storage in offshore locations with growing interest. 

This is particularly relevant considering the existing demand for CO2 in various industries, with 230 million metric tons already used annually for applications like fertilizer and food production.

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“When assessing the feasibility of carbon capture technology onboard vessels, it is vital to do so within the context of the entire CCUS value chain, taking into account the potential challenges related to the management of the captured CO2,” said Marcos Salido, Environmental Project Manager (Strategy & Advanced Services) at Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore and main author of the report. 

“With sufficient regulations and infrastructure in place, the maritime industry could benefit from the development of a truly circular CO2 economy, whilst contributing to the industry’s ambitious decarbonization targets.”

The technology report “Onboard Carbon Capture: An Overview of Technologies to Capture CO2 Onboard Ships” is the second publication by BV’s Future Shipping Team initiative and is available for download here.

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