In today’s rapidly evolving landscape, it is no longer a question of whether to decarbonize, but rather how to do it effectively and strategically. The imperative to reduce carbon emissions and embrace sustainability has become an indisputable reality for businesses across industries.

The focus has shifted from debating the necessity of decarbonization to implementing the right strategies in the right locations. With a growing consensus on the urgency of addressing climate change, the emphasis is on practical, region-specific solutions that align with local conditions and regulations.

Offshore Energy spoke to Benjamin Neal, Head of Health, Safety, Security, Environmental & Quality (HSSEQ) at P&O Maritime Logistics, a member of the DP World group of companies, on how to develop an effective decarbonization strategy.

The company’s operational fleet comprises approximately 400 vessels, spanning a wide spectrum of types and sizes. These include tugs, pilot, mooring, and environmental craft utilized in ports and harbors, to inland waterway pusher tugs and barges, and larger offshore vessels such as AHTSVs, PSVs, MPSVs, and ERRVs. The company’s fleet also integrates modular carrying vessels and smaller bulk carriers.

“Developing a comprehensive decarbonization strategy at P&O Maritime Logistics involves a meticulous understanding of the alternative fuel landscapes within our operational regions. We assess various alternative fuels, considering factors like fuel suitability, geographical variations, infrastructure requirements, prioritizationand fuel costs,” Neal said, adding that in this way the company ensures the strategy is both environmentally responsible and practical.

“We also consider the varying levels of commitment to decarbonization in different countries, allowing us to tailor our approach accordingly.”

Neal emphasized the critical importance of understanding the alternative fuel landscape in each region where the company operates. This entails assessing current fuel availability while also considering future energy sector developments.

Furthermore, the offshore industry faces a varied regulatory landscape, he pointed out, marked by different rules and standards across countries, which brings about both challenges and opportunities.

To navigate these complexities, the company relies on its team of experts who possess in-depth knowledge of local operations and the unique challenges each region presents.

When assessing and prioritizing low-carbon technologies for different sectors, the key thing is to consider the suitability of each technology for different types of operations and the availability of alternative fuels in the respective regions, he explained.

“We evaluate infrastructure requirements, such as storage, transportation, and refueling, to understand the feasibility of adopting these technologies. We also conduct cost-benefit analyses to determine the potential savings and benefits of these technologies, including reduced emissions and access to new markets. This flexible approach allows us to choose the most suitable approach for each region, prioritizing practicality, and effectiveness.”

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