Pilot projects shortlisted for €40 million EU grant

The ZVT Pilot projects are on the shortlist for recieving funding from the European Commission. The next step is review, clarification and preparation for final decisions by the EU Parliament.

Participants in and supporters of 8 different Joint Industry Projects will conduct the work defined in Pilot Methanol, Pilot LNG and Pilot Scrubber to establish three solutions that cost-effectively meets the legislation that is coming into force in the northern Europe Emission Control Area (ECA) in 2015.

The total estimated industry investment is € 112 million of which € 40 million can be granted by the EU via the TEN-T Motorways of the Sea program. We truly appreciate the endorsement we got from the Swedish government when they were putting our Pilots forward for EU evaluation and the support from the Ministries in the countries where partners are involved: the Netherlands, Finland, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Denmark. Without their backup this wouldn’t be possible.

The grant represents the estimated additional costs for being “first out”, a Pilot trying new methods and technology as well as leading the way for followers. Both collaboration and shared knowledge are therefore vital in order to achieve the set goals, which is why the platform and collaboration method Zero Vision Tool (ZVT) is used when the projects will be carried out and disseminated. 

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Three possible ways forward have been identified

There is a political desire for financial growth in the Baltic region. EU estimates a 50 percent increase of the cargo volume transported at sea by 2050. At the same time shipping’s negative impact on health, environment and climate has to be reduced. The challenges the industries in the Northern Europe are facing in the years 2015, 2020-2050 are complex, and to avoid adverse effects there are no sole or complete solution.

We have identified three possible ways forward for entire transport systems, based on choice of fuel; Methanol, LNG and, in order to continue using traditional fuel, Scrubber.

A collaboration method and platform has been established

To assist in the coming challenges a collaboration method and platform has been established, ZVT, that aims towards a safer, more environmentally and energy efficient transport at sea. It is based on the European Comission’s Maritime Strategy 2009-2018, stating a “zero tolerance” which means shipping without negative impact on air and water, and the goal is that future regional environmental regulations should not lead to a modal backshift. 

The driving force is the commercial industry projects (Joint Industry Projects JIP). The issues that the industry groups can’t solve themselves are lifted to the reference group ZVTREF comprising Agencies and Authorities so that common sustainable solutions can be identified. The work in ZVT follows the structure of Vessel, Infrastructure and Finance and, if necessary, Regulation and R&D. 

Thre full-scale Pilots are up and running

The focus of all three full-scale Pilots is on installation, verification and demonstration of new technology and solutions. Important are also the follow-ups and summaries of results that will form basis for future Stakeholder ”Followers” actions and investments.