The shipping industry is one of the most carbon-efficient forms of transport, but it is still accountable for billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions produced yearly by ships.
In 2018, a strategy paper published by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to reduce air pollution featured a target to cut GHG emissions from the shipping industry by half by 2050.
Saved by a sensor
Talk about good timing? Finnish company Gasera was cooking up a new technology: a sensor that can accurately measure gas emissions.
The company commissioned Nicky Borg, CEO & founder of Marine Hound, to escalate the idea further and make this novel technology more practical and commercially available.
His idea finally landed in applying the sensors to the shipping industry. The end result aims for the detector to sniff out poisonous emissions in a particular zone and then identify which ship/s responsible for the pollution.
Nicky Borg wants his project to follow a green ethos as far as possible – creating an economically viable technology with high benefits.
Last year the IMO issued shipping emissions regulations in a bid to reduce the amount of harmful emissions, which are responsible for numerous pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases that can lead to premature death.
Nick Borg’s sensor project is not only very relevant to the era of circular economy and sustainability, but it also addresses international targets to reduce poisonous emissions.
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