- Author: Nikos Späth
- Keywords: Group, Maritime
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"We are committed to China and will continue to strengthen this commitment in the future. Our vision is to have a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. To achieve this, we need a global collaboration. That is why it is so encouraging to be a part of the Hamburg Summit,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, President Maritime at DNV GL, when he addressed more than 250 dinner guests in the Hafencity.
A common focus on increasing sustainability by using greener energy sources has become an instrumental part of the cooperation between East and West. “Both China and Europe have been at the forefront of setting ambitious goals for renewable energy generation to power a low carbon future. Recently, China decided to make certification of new types of wind turbines mandatory. We have already established a partnership with a Chinese wind turbine blade manufacturer for certification of its products to improve the reliability and quality of blades produced in China,” Ørbeck-Nilssen explained.
In the maritime sector, there are many joint projects underway as well. Amongst others, DNV GL has just signed an agreement with Sinopacific shipyard for a series of ground-breaking ethane-fuelled carriers, which emit significantly less carbon than diesel-powered vessels. Using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as shipfuel is about to become another integral part of China’s low-carbon strategy, especially in short-sea and river shipping. Even though balancing sustainable economic growth and environmental protection remains a challenge, Ørbeck-Nilssen stressed that this is achievable: “International regulations to set higher standards, incentives for the industry to become cleaner, a level playing field, as well as global collaboration will play a crucial role in tackling this issue,” Ørbeck-Nilssen emphasized during a panel discussion with delegates from Ansteel Group, Minmetals Corporation, Siemens and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.