Designed to help the shipping sector reduce its carbon footprint, a free online database detailing the energy efficiency of ocean going ships has been set-up.

Designed to help the shipping sector reduce its carbon footprint, a free online database detailing the energy efficiency of ocean going ships has been set-up.

The database uses publicly available data on the engine size and CO2 emissions of nearly 60,000 ships, allowing for exporters and importers, as well as holidaymakers on cruises, to choose between clean and dirty ships.

Using information gathered from the United Nations' IMO methodology for Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), an EEDI number is created. From there the information is transposed and benchmarked against other vessels of the same ship type and size range to create an A to G rating for each ship.

The EEDI ratings for an individual ship are calculated by assessing the values for that ship to overall average values for all ships of that type (e.g. bulk carriers) and to other ships of a similar size within this type. The A to G rating reflect a comparison of vessels of similar size within a type.

The database was launched by the Carbon War Rooms at the COP16 UNFCCC conference.

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