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Should shipyard waste be added to shipping’s carbon footprint?


Although the majority of carbon emissions from shipping currently occur during a ship’s operational phase as a result of fuel combustion, the industry's decarbonisation is expected to shift this balance, with carbon emissions from components, building, and recycling accounting for a larger share of a vessel's total lifecycle emissions. The daily wastage levels at shipyards around the world is staggering, and to date has not been in the spotlight.

Lifecycle assessment is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a ship's life, from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, waste, running life, repair and maintenance, and recycling.

Nicholas Duchene, chief operating officer and vice president at French carbon emissions verification company Verifavia Shipping, observes that more and more people and organisations are interested in the carbon footprint lifecycle, well-to-wake emissions and carbon intensity aspects of transporting cargo. [...]

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