According to the Environmental Defense Fund, the freight sector represents about 8 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. A study by the United Nations International Maritime Organization found that a broad application of SkySails technology on the world merchant fleet could cut up to 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
“We are delighted that Cargill is the first company to embrace our technology on a vessel this large as part of its commitment to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping industry,” said Stephan Wrage, managing director of SkySails.
Wrage added that he hopes the partnership will lead to incorporation of the kites on larger ships in the industry — we do, too.
WHY THIS MATTERS
The Environmental Defense Fund said that kites are a major way for ships to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and help curb global warming. If Cargill finds success using SkySails on cargo ships, many other companies in the industry could begin to do the same.
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