Energy transition for fishing vessels : the context
The energy-intensive fishing sector accounts for about 4% of the greenhouse gas emissions from global food production (Parker, 2018). Beyond the climate impact, the costs of fuel and energy generation system upgrades are a concern for industry professionals.
Currently, fishing vessel fleets are preparing for environmental regulations, in particular by bringing them into compliance with the IMO Tier III regulations of the MARPOL Convention (in force since the 1st of January 2021). For engine operations, a reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in controlled emission zones (SECA zone) is required, including the English Channel and the North Sea. This will result in higher operating costs due to the need to optimise the energy generation systems on board the ships. This is the first step towards more stringent standards in the near future.
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The project therefore aims to support trawlers in their energy transition through a reduction of pollutant and/or greenhouse gas emissions in a viable economic environment. The aim is to be able to reproduce this type of study on different types of fishing vessels.