Reality Check - the lead into the future

ZVT method was presented at the 13th HELCOM Maritime working group meeting on 26 – 28 November 2013, and was followed up by the proposal from Sweden for the Member States to consider starting up the HELCOM Maritime sub-group. The meeting appreciated the method and welcomed ZVT, its joint industry and university projects, as a beneficiary.

In January 2014 the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) and HELCOM organised, in cooperation with the Baltic Development Forum (BDF) and the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL), a conference on “Sustainable Baltic Sea Shipping, Green technology and alternative fuels with focus on air emissions”, where ZVT participated in discussions about further cooperation. As the final result of these discussions, a targeted sub-group “Green Technology and Alternative Fuels for Shipping” under the HELCOM Maritime Working Group was established in December 2014, when the leaders around the Baltic Sea met. 

The relevance of ZVT model for the development of the entire zero-environmental-impact maritime sector in the region was recognised through inviting to “draw inspiration from the Zero Vision Tool methodology in order to secure structured and transparent collaboration in the field of Green Technology and Alternative Fuels for shipping.” The achievements of ZVT method were acknowledged and appreciated at the European Commission’s TEN-T “Motorways of the Sea" conference 18 – 19 November, 2014, in Gothenburg where the JIPs, JUPs and Pilots were presented to an audience of 210 and to over 2.500 followers online. 

By the end of 2014 an overview of the reported issues that have been and continue to be challenging were identified, and the need for risk sharing highlighted. The potential of ZVT platform and method was acknowledged as a kick-off base for development of EU wide Financial Tool. A Financial Instruments Pilot project is planned during 2015. The suggested way forward on how the society, the sea and the industry can benefit from working together is developed - the idea is that the industry shouldn’t just react but work pro-actively, hand in hand with the strategy makers both in regards to environment, safety and health. The ZVT offers a method to do so.

ZVT greatly appreciated an invitation to participate and share experience at a stakeholders’ workshop “Partnerships for Green Shipping”, organised by the CBSS Secretariat at the European Maritime Day in Turku, 18-19 May 2016. During summer 2016 in Almedalen, ZVT organised an EU discussion in the EU pavillion where the next step were discussed; how can we get followers onboard to reach a full transition where green investments are the natural choice. 
The next steps for the transition to a new normal have been identified. To satisfy the society need, including that of gaining more employment opportunities, the transition to a shipping sector with no negative impact on air nor water has to speed up. To respond to the industry need, green investments have to be accelerated, especially by making them bankable. Grants for Pilots need to be continued. The suggested solution to ensure that these
needs are satisfied is to complement the grant possibilities with a risk sharing fund, by linking resource availability from a financial instrument to actual external benefits to the climate, environment, and the society.