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Revolutionary Change in Sight: Electric Ferries Taking Over

Electric cars are humming all around; airlines are getting bullish on electric planes. The next mode of transit to make waves? Battery-powered boats.

Destinations the world over are clamoring for cleaner forms of energy-so it’s no surprise they’re embracing electrified transit as one of the quickest paths to that goal. The sector accounts for about a quarter of annual global greenhouse gas emissions; ships alone are responsible for nearly three percent of that, or about a billion metric tons of CO2 each year.

To avert the worst outcomes of climate change, the United Nations has set critical global targets for net-zero global emissions by 2050. In June 2021, the U.N.’s International Maritime Organization, which oversees shipping regulations, adopted short-term measures to reduce carbon intensity of all ships by 40 percent by 2030. Read more…

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