Shipping is the most carbon efficient mode of transportation, and today about 85% of all goods in the world are transported by ships, making shipping an essential part of everyday life. However, due to its scale the shipping industry still has a huge environmental impact, accounting for about 3% of global carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions according to the International Maritime Organization.
For over 135 years, AkzoNobel has been a leading supplier of coatings that protect ships and reduce the accumulation of organisms on their hulls, thus reducing the drag they experience as they move through the water, improving efficiency and reducing fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions.
Moreover, AkzoNobel has developed a software that makes predictions using big data on the fuel and CO₂ savings potential of fouling control coatings, prior to application. This tool will have a significant role to play in creating modern, efficient and safe fleets for the 21st century, and will help suppliers and customers alike ensure the right coatings are applied and their benefits are maximized.
In conjunction with the Gold Standard Foundation, we've taken our efforts to make shipping more sustainable to the next level by introducing the marine industry’s first and only carbon credits program, which financially rewards ship owners for reducing their CO₂ emissions and investing in clean technology.