September 2019

Energy transition in the maritime sector

Opportunities and challenges in the face of carbon and sulfur emission reduction

Seaborne trade accounts for 80% of global physical trade, 2% of global CO2 emissions and 13% of global sulfur emissions. In this context, the IMO imposed a reduction in sulfur concentration from 3.5% to 0.5% by 2020. Additionally, IMO set the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the sector by at least 50% by 2050, in comparison to the 2008 level.

CEBRI’s Infrastructure and Energy Program with the support of the Royal Norwegian Consulate in Rio de Janeiro organized an event on July 11th, 2019 to discuss the energy transition in the maritime sector. Catavento’s team was responsible to consolidate the discussions, with additional inputs from the literature.

The paper describes the actions from the maritime sector to comply with IMO’s regulation in the short-term and how it will impact the energy sector. In this sense, the study also analyzes how Brazil is positioned to thrive in this environment. Finally, the future paths of the maritime industry towards decarbonization are also detailed.

Download the paper below.




Catavento's Recent Publications

  • Electric mobility: a possible scenario for Brazil

    The urban mobility context is experiencing significant changes that are expected to transform in mul... [ Read More ]

  • Energy transition: what is at stake?

    “Energy transition is at the heart of any debate about the future of energy. The question facing a... [ Read More ]

  • The state of the relation, Belt and Road, and lessons for the future

    CEBRI’s – Brazilian Center for International Relations- Energy and Infrastructure Working Gr... [ Read More ]