Logistics and the energy revolution
In different media sources, it is continuously and widely reported that there is a radical change in the energy sector. But why is maritime transport such an ecological logistics option for the main actors?
Renewable energy is necessary for a sustainable future: ecological partnerships between cargo owners and transport providers will also help make that future a reality. Historically, the difference in cost between renewable energy and fossil fuels has been too large to support a shift towards green energy. But with the arrival of new innovative technologies to the market, we are now seeing a great change.
Renewable energy is becoming more profitable and the cost of building new solar and wind plants is lower than the operation of existing coal-fired power plants. Naturally, technical developments will continue, further strengthening the case of renewable energy.
Around the world, large wind and solar energy parks are being built. China and India are at the forefront, competing to manage the world’s largest renewable energy plants.
A good example is Kamuthi, a single plant in India that feeds more than 150,000 homes. Similarly, the Gansu wind farm in China is targeting an amazing capacity of 20 gigawatts by 2020. In Europe, there are plans for offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of 100 gigawatts.
These developments, in combination with technical innovations, mean that it is natural that some of the equipment for these projects is growing in size. Turbines move towards 1,000 tons in weight and some giant solar panels are now too large for containerized transport.
Future logistics challenges will require experience, global reach and local support, as well as custom equipment to ensure efficient and safe transportation. As industries focus on sustainable technology, they must also take into account responsible and sustainable transport.
Everyone knows that global trade and maritime transport are essential to maintain economic growth. But maritime transport will also be indispensable when maintaining a sustainable global economy. It is the most environmentally friendly mode of mass transport, both in terms of energy efficiency and pollution prevention.
Within the shipping industry, responsible shipping lines must strive to continuously minimize their environmental footprint through innovative technology and sophisticated engineering. The design of the ship should reflect this. With digital transformation as a key part of the fourth industrial revolution, large data is being used to track and monitor the performance of ships, which in turn should lead to a lower CO2 footprint.
In DICEX we know the importance of renewable energy. Companies must focus on changing their operations in order to contribute to a sustainable future, and, in the hands of ecological partnerships between cargo owners and transport providers will help make that future a reality.