Wärtsilä has launched a new Zero Emission Marine research, development and innovation project in collaboration with nearly 200 partner organisations and the support of Business Finland, which has granted the project €20 million in funding.
The four-year co-operation project aims to support the creation of a zero-emission ecosystem backed by sustainable technology systems, with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the marine sector by 60% by 2030. All products from the ecosystem will be carbon-neutral or carbon-negative by 2050.
“No one can achieve these ambitious targets on their own, but this unique maritime co-operation body can turn vision into reality. Wärtsilä’s ‘Set for 30’ climate targets demonstrate our commitment to developing a sustainable society,” said Hannu Mäntymaa, Managing Director, Wärtsilä Finland.
“We invest significantly in research and development, and in long-term product development we focus on fuel flexibility, energy efficiency and emission reductions. Our soon to be ready new technology centre in Vaasa, Smart Technology Hub, is strongly based on innovation partnerships, so acting as a leading company is an important step towards our goal.”
“We can accelerate and increase important research, development and innovation efforts in Finland together with the entire ecosystem on our journey towards Zero Emission Marine.”
The ecosystem of almost 200 operators includes both large companies and smaller SMEs working in clean future fuels, fuel technologies and automated and optimised operations, supported by industrial organisations, research institutes and universities.