(L-R) Ari Pribadi, Senior Managing Director of Marathon Capital; Amy Ma (College ’27), Aidan Liu (College ’27), Evelyn Wang (College ’27), Kyle Anderson (College ’27) (Photo by Jean Lachat)

Team Members: Amy Ma (College ’27), Evelyn Wang (College ’27), Kyle Anderson (College ’27), Aidan Liu (College ’27)

Team INN developed a comprehensive strategy to achieve decarbonization by the year 2040 for their hypothetical client, EPIC Shipping, in response to growing environmental concerns and regulatory pressures. This strategic initiative is underpinned by the company’s commitment to sustainability and its recognition of the critical need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its global operations.

1. Implementation of Alternative Fuels

A significant part of the strategy involves the transition from conventional fossil fuels to more sustainable alternatives. The company plans to integrate biofuels and advance towards the electrification of their shipping fleet. Biofuels, derived from sustainable sources, offer a viable reduction in carbon emissions and are compatible with existing technologies, providing a transitional solution as more permanent technologies mature. Electrification, although in its nascent stages within the maritime industry, promises significant reductions in emissions and is viewed as a long-term goal.

2. Technological Innovations and Efficiency Improvements

Technological advancements play a crucial role in EPIC Shipping’s strategy. The company is investing in the development of energy-efficient ship designs and retrofitting existing vessels with advanced technologies that reduce fuel consumption and emissions. These technologies include air lubrication systems, which reduce hull resistance, and advanced engine designs that optimize fuel efficiency.

3. Operational Adjustments

Operational strategies are also critical to achieving the decarbonization goals. EPIC Shipping plans to implement optimized voyage planning and speed optimization techniques that significantly lower fuel consumption. The company is also exploring the use of shore power systems, allowing vessels to shut down their engines and connect to local power grids while in port, thus reducing emissions during berthing periods.

4. Financial and Regulatory Framework

Financial planning and adaptation to regulatory changes are integral to the decarbonization pathway. EPIC Shipping is preparing for significant capital investments in new technologies and fuels. The company is exploring various funding mechanisms, including green bonds and partnerships with environmental organizations. Regulatory compliance is also a key focus, with EPIC Shipping staying ahead of maritime emission laws to ensure smooth transitions and avoid penalties.

5. Stakeholder Engagement and Corporate Governance

Engagement with all stakeholders—including customers, suppliers, and regulatory bodies—is a priority for EPIC Shipping. The company is actively communicating its decarbonization plans and collaborating with stakeholders to align their operations with broader environmental goals. Additionally, EPIC Shipping is enhancing its corporate governance structures to support sustainability initiatives, incorporating environmental metrics into its business performance reviews.

6. Long-term Sustainability Goals

Looking beyond 2040, EPIC Shipping aims to maintain its leadership in the logistics sector by continuing to innovate and adapt. The company’s long-term vision includes not only maintaining a carbon-neutral operation but also influencing the industry towards broader environmental sustainability practices.

Through this multi-faceted approach, EPIC Shipping aims to not only meet its decarbonization targets but also set a benchmark in the industry for environmental responsibility and sustainable business practices.

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