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Protecting the oceans: how the shipping industry can address sustainability challenges  

15.02.22

The increasing awareness regarding extreme weather events and climate
change issues that has developed in the last decades has shed a light on the
importance of the ocean. Scholars and activists agree in saying that the Earth’s
climate is highly dependent on the ocean and that so is life; that’s one of the
many reasons why, when it comes to sustainability, the ocean is now considered
to be a stakeholder in itself, to be preserved and protected.

This growing attention toward the ocean is translating into the need for a shift
of perspective in the shipping industry: the current challenges, rather than
innovative and disruptive technologies, regards a change of mindset. For this, a
complete revolution in the approaches to the oceans is auspicable: to shape a
better future, the path to follow is to create a new maritime world that aims at
leaving oceans better than they were, rather than just focusing on minimising
its impacts.

Societal demands for sustainability are already shaping the shipping industry.
By being a visible symbol of global supply chains, shipping faces a detailed
scrutiny both from its customers and from environmental regulations’ agencies.
Therefore, companies, to remain competitive, will have to prove that they’re
engaging in decarbonisation efforts. This means that without having a clear
picture of what the future will be like, shipowners are today called to take
important decisions that will shape their financial situation for the decades to
come.

The journey from a shipping industry only fueled by fossil fuels to a varied
ecosystem where several technologies are emerging has already begun. In such
a complex environment, the right temporary tools to fulfil sustainability
responsibilities without any undue delay are CO2 emissions compensation and
energy saving device retrofit. PNZ is therefore here to assist shipowners and
operators to manage this transitional period, while going through the necessary
time for new technologies to mature and become commercially viable. In this
way, everyone can be part of the change, despite difficulties and strains: this
journey is just starting, but we all need to be a part of it.