21 September 2021 | 12 minutes.

Cleaner seas: Stockholm is shifting to green ferries

New Beluga24 ferry in Stockholm.

Photo: GCF


Josh Franklin-Mann
Communications Officer, REVOLVE

Josh Franklin-Mann, Communications Officer, REVOLVE

Ferries carry just 5% of commuters in Stockholm yet represent 50% of its emissions. There is a similar story being told across the world as waterborne mobility has long been neglected in technological and policy developments to promote greener, more sustainable travel options. But now, plans are underway in Stockholm that will provide cleaner, safer, and healthier alternatives to maritime commuting.

Approximately 2.1 billion people use ferries every year, putting the industry on a par with commercial airlines in terms of annual users worldwide. To many cities and their citizens, travelling the waterways lies at the heart of everyday life.

Yet these coastal and riverside towns are too often defined by the pollution of both the surrounding waterways, and the air inside their cities, tarnished by ferry traffic powered by highly polluting marine diesel.

While some cities have mandated the switch to ‘fossil-free’ biodiesel, these vessels are still omitting harmful particles that cause numerous health issues for people, and those billions of people who are using ferries each year deserve better.

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