It was in the news that “Amazon’s new net-zero carbon pledge is focused on the oceans, as shipping giants pursue alternative fuels“. That is absolutely the right move.
Ships emit about 2% of the total GHG a year, compared to 12% in road transportation (see detailed numbers in my early article), but in absolute volume that is still very large – about 1 billions tons of CO2 per year.
But what really captures my attention is that it seems that the shipping industry seems to have found a promising alternative: ammonia.
Here is a video on how the shipping industry is promoting it:
Here is a great introduction to Ammonia and how to make it:
There is even an academic talk on this:
I will be reviewing the academic literature and form my opinion on this.