Wind power could be a key element in the shipping industry's decarbonisation strategy in the coming decades. File Image / Pixabay
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has recommended the UK's government should support wind propulsion as a means of cutting the shipping industry's emissions.
Retrofitting a ship with fixed sails could cut its emissions by as much as 30%, the organisation said in a statement on its website this week.
"The shipping industry is focused on developing alternative fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia to replace polluting bunker fuel, but these fuels will be at least three times more expensive and will not be ready for the shipping market for at least a decade," the organisation said.
"Using alternative fuels combined with wind power makes economic sense."
Earlier in the week the UK announced plans to include shipping in its next carbon budget, which aims at a 78% reduction in carbon emissions from 1990's levels by 2035.