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07
Jun
2019

The green expedition moves on to Helsinki

ENERGY OBSERVER continues to test out new innovations in the Baltic Sea. The vessel and its crew have now arrived at their next port of call, Helsinki, where they have a few days to demonstrate new solutions for clean sea transport. On the occasion of World Oceans Day, here is an update on the boat’s expedition.

This event, initiated in 1992 following the Rio Summit, is intended to raise public awareness of better management of the oceans and their resources.

The full-scale experimenting of ENERGY OBSERVER is a opportunity to test the potential of a sustainable solution for sea transport. Several international organizations and bodies, including the European Union, have seized on the subject and are supporting this worldwide venture intended to study and implement alternative solutions in the shift towards zero carbon.

The odyssey of the zero greenhouse gas or particulate emission boat is part of this sustainable goal. ENERGY OBSERVER’s mission takes on even more importance on June 8, which is World Oceans Day.

With its strong commitment to green mobility solutions, ENGIE is meeting the 14th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) adopted at the United Nations summit in September 2015: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” This SDG reflects the Group’s ambition to take a stance in favor of better managed water resources and reduced marine pollution.

ENGIE’s CSR goals thus converge with those of ENERGY OBSERVER, which is trialing decarbonized maritime transport.

Global maritime transport in figures:

  • 94,171 ships (1)
  • 80%: the share of maritime transport in world trade in (1)
  • 940 million tonnes of CO2 emitted annually (2)
  • 2.5% of greenhouse gas emissions (2)

(1) 2018 report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
(2) IMO GHG Study

About the Helsinki stopover

Finland is an important stopover in the ENERGY OBSERVER odyssey. The city of Helsinki became aware of the climate emergency more than ten years ago. It is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050, using a strategy favoring energy transition. While moored in Helsinki between June 7 and 10, the boat will present its traveling exhibition to the local population and will take advantage of the stopover to recharge its own batteries reading for setting sail for St Petersburg and its odyssey in the White Sea.

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