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Wednesday, March 24, 2021 

The International Windship Association (IWSA) has published an Open Letter calling on all maritime industry decision-makers and the entire shipping community to fully assess and utilise all available power solutions that deliver the necessary deep, swift cuts in carbon emissions over the next decade commensurate with responding to the climate emergency.

To that end, the IWSA says that readily available and proven wind propulsion solutions must be integrated at the very heart of decarbonisation deliberations. (I have also attached a zip file with translated copies in Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Dutch and Italian)

The letter, published in English, Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Dutch and Italian, calls for establishing a multi-stakeholder International Working Group to evaluate and quantify wind propulsion’s potential, to launch a comprehensive Strategic Review of shipping industry decarbonisation efforts in the context of the climate emergency. It asks to ensure a ‘level playing field’ is created and maintained for all power systems and to do more and go beyond the current narrow fuel-centric approach.

The letter is signed by over 90 large corporations and smaller companies and organisations that are directly engaged in wind propulsion development or highly supportive of the sector. IWSA understands that its letter will receive a warm welcome from many other companies and thought leaders involved in the decarbonisation of the shipping sector.

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