February 4, 2010
Samsung Heavy Industries to build only eco-friendly ships from 2015
Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) says it intends to build only eco-friendly ships from 2015, by achieving a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
SHI made the announcement at a green management launch ceremony at its corporate headquarters in Seoul that was attended by more than 120 guests, including shipowners and prominent academics specializing in environmental issues.
SHI says the announcement makes it the first shipbuilder in the global industry to declare a green management policy that includes a detailed vision for the development of eco-friendly products and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
SHI announced three key strategies, which include the development of eco-friendly ships with up to 30% less greenhouse gas emissions, the development of green workplaces and green networks, and the development of zero-energy houses.
As a first step, SHI aims by 2015 to design the optimal shape of ships that will maximize fuel efficiency, and to develop diverse technologies to improve energy efficiency, including heat recovery devices and low-temperature combustion devices, in order to reduce the greenhouse emissions of its ships.It says it has set a goal of building the world's first eco-friendly ship by developing LNG and hydrogen fuel cells, superconducting electric motors and cables, and CO2 collection technology, jointly with universities and private research centers.
SHI says it has applied the green technologies that it is developing to its 13,000 TEU-class containerships. It say that simulations show that these technologies will reduce greenhouse emissions by up to 30%.
It claims that the greenhouse gas reduction achieved by building a single ship in this way is the equivalent to the gases absorbed by 12 million pine trees in a year. "In other words," says SHI, "building a single eco-friendly ship is like planting 12 million pine trees in the sea."
SHI has organized a green management committee, chaired by its CEO, Roh In-sik, which aims to develop eco-friendly ships and introduce green management policies to its shipyards and partner firms.It plans to make the Geojeo Shipyard a green workplace by developing eco-friendly shipbuilding facilities, using eco-friendly paints and saving energy, while building a green network by providing technical support to its partners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and by introducing a certification system.
By 2011, SHI's construction business unit will launch the Zero-Energy House, in which residents will be able to live without an external energy supply, through research on major technologies such as highly efficient heat insulating materials, renewable energy, and high-efficiency power facilities.