International Energy Outlook 2019 projects nearly 50 per cent increase in world energy usage by 2050, led by growth in Asia

International Energy Outlook 2019 projects nearly 50 per cent increase in world energy usage by 2050, led by growth in Asia

In its International Energy Outlook 2019 (IEO2019), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that world energy consumption will grow by nearly 50 per cent between 2018 and 2050. EIA projects most of this growth will come from regions where the consumption of energy is driven by strong economic growth, particularly in non-OECD Asia. EIA’s annual long-term assessment of world energy markets includes a Reference case and four core side cases, which use different assumptions for the projections in each case. (more…)

OPINION: Greta Thunberg the world’s new environmental hero

Theo van de Kletersteeg

During her impassioned speech at the United Nations on September 23, Greta Thunberg made it very clear who she thinks is responsible for the world’s climate change woes: the world’s political “leaders” who, for the past thirty years, have known about the coming impacts of increasing levels of carbon dioxide (and other greenhouse gases) in the earth’s atmosphere, but have chosen to do nothing about it.

It is certainly true that carbon concentrations in the atmosphere have steadily increased over the decades, indeed, over the centuries. And, despite all the soothing words about “green” developments, and promises of emissions reductions decades into the future, no actual progress has been made in reducing GHG emissions. (more…)

Termont Montreal to operate a fleet of fully hybrid vehicles

Termont Montreal has announced that, following a 2018 pilot project that demonstrated the effectiveness of the technology, it will be transforming its entire fleet of 57 terminal tractors into hybrid vehicles with Effenco’s revolutionary Active Stop-StartTM technology for heavy-duty vocational vehicles, and in so doing, will reduce the port’s impact on the environment and, specifically, improve air quality. (more…)

Leading sustainability initiatives at Canada’s largest port

To realize its bold and aspirational vision of becoming “the world’s most sustainable port,” the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority supports a collaborative approach with the marine industry. Industry plays a key role in advancing leading initiatives that incentivize port customers to reduce the impact of operations on the environment.

The port authority’s EcoAction Program recognizes a variety of fuel, technology and environmental management options, such as underwater noise-limiting technology, which marine carriers can adopt to qualify their vessels for discounted harbour dues rates. Bronze, silver and gold-level discounts create differentiated harbour dues rates, with up to 47 per cent discounts available, depending on the measures adopted. Landside, the Energy Action Initiative is a joint program with BC Hydro that helps terminal operators and other port tenants enhance their energy conservation practices and save costs. The goal of this program is to protect the energy security of the growing Vancouver-area gateway by reducing energy waste. (more…)

Shippers must share the financial impact on carriers of IMO 2020 compliance

By Mike Wackett in Long Beach

The implications for carriers and BCOs of the IMO low-sulphur regulations that come into force in less than ten months have dominated February’s JOC TPM Conference in Long Beach. Normally the annual event, this is the 19th, marks the start of annual contract rate negotiations on the transpacific, but this year the spectre of IMO 2020, and  how the greener fuel is to be paid for, has overshadowed all other topics. Shippers have admitted to not trusting the carriers, which know they must recover these costs, which could add up to $15 billion a year for the industry. (more…)