Webinar poll reveals shipowners’ attitudes to emissions-reduction technology
A majority of delegates responding to a poll taken during Riviera Maritime Media’s Carbon capture for shipboard use and monitoring webinar, expect ship-based carbon capture and storage (CCS) to become mainstream within five years. Poll results showed 48% of those responding thought it would take five years for shipboard CCS to enter the maritime mainstream, 11% felt it would take one to two years and a further 2% said it has already entered the maritime mainstream. 30% said it would take 10 years or more, while some 9% of voters doubted the technology would ever make it into the mainstream.
Sponsored by TECO2030 and supported by the Carbon Capture & Storage Association, the event, part of Carbon Capture & Storage Webinar Week, was held on 18 May 2021. Several other polls were just as revealing.
Addressing concerns regarding pricing structure, a poll asked whether “A carbon cost of €100/ton CO2 is good enough to ensure timely implementation of the technology in the maritime sector”? 42% of respondents agreed, while 58% disagreed.
Looking at the speed of development, delegates were asked, “What should be the scale of the first on-board demonstration system for ship-based carbon capture?” 47% of voters preferred a demonstration scale (10-15% of full scale, 30% pilot scale (1-10% of full scale), 18% full scale and only 6% proof-of-concept scale (<1% of full scale).
Asked whether “Ship-based carbon capture can play a significant role in the decarbonisation of the maritime industry?” 69% of respondents agreed, 25% were uncertain and 6% disagreed.
Another poll asked: “What carbon tax range is needed to propel decarbonisation of the maritime sector?” 14% choose none-US$150/ton CO2, 41% US$150-US$200/ton CO2, 23% US$200-US$250/ton CO2 and 22% US$250/ton CO2 and above.
A poll asked delegates to weigh in on the most promising alternative for big ships. In a dead heat, respondents choose ammonia and fossil fuel with onboard carbon capture as the top answers, each capturing 25% of the vote. The third most popular answer was e-fuel (including methanation) with 19%, hydrogen 16% and bio-fuel 15%.
On the poll question, “Do you believe in carbon offset between land and sea?” 48% of respondents choose ‘to some extent’, 28% ‘definitely’, 19% ‘not really’ and 5% ‘definitely not.’