The Reading / Listening - Green Shipping - Level 1

The company Michelin makes car tyres and guide books. However, it is now helping ships to be more environmentally friendly. It has made giant sails to make shipping greener. Shipping produces 940 million tons of CO2 a year – about 2.5 per cent of the world's greenhouse gasses. Oil tankers, container ships and cruise ships use a lot of fossil fuel. The new sails could cut the amount of CO2 ships produce by 20 per cent.

Michelin is using old technology on today's biggest problem – climate change. Boats have used sails for 5,000 years. The new sails are different. Sailors fill them with air to get them to their full size. They are 280 square metres in size. Michelin hopes to start selling them in 2022. It said: "Our aim is to contribute to the de-carbonization of [sea] transport." It added that the good thing about wind is that it is a free fuel.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Green Shipping - Level 0 Green Shipping - Level 2   or  Green Shipping - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/cargo-ships-sails-michelin-spc-intl/index.html
  • https://robbreport.com/motors/marine/michelin-nifty-new-inflatable-sail-aims-decarbonize-large-vessels-1234619071/
  • https://www.slashgear.com/michelin-wing-sail-mobility-project-makes-massive-cargo-ships-more-efficient-10677143/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The company Michelin makes car
  2. guide
  3. be more environmentally
  4. It has made giant sails to make shipping
  5. Shipping produces 940 million tons
  6. the world's greenhouse
  7. oil
  8. cut the amount of CO2
  1. ships produce
  2. greener
  3. of CO2
  4. friendly
  5. gasses
  6. tankers
  7. tyres
  8. books

Paragraph 2

  1. Michelin is
  2. today's biggest
  3. Boats have used sails
  4. The new sails
  5. Sailors fill them
  6. the de-carbonization of
  7. the good thing
  8. it is a free
  1. with air
  2. for 5,000 years
  3. problem
  4. fuel
  5. sea transport
  6. about wind
  7. using old technology
  8. are different

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The company Michelin (1) ___________________ and guide books. However, it is now (2) ___________________ be more environmentally friendly. (3) ___________________ giant sails to (4) ___________________. Shipping produces 940 million tons of CO2 a year - about 2.5 per cent of the world's greenhouse gasses. Oil tankers, (5) ___________________ cruise ships use a lot of fossil fuel. The new sails could (6) ___________________ of CO2 ships produce by 20 per cent.

Michelin is (7) ___________________ on today's biggest problem - climate change. Boats (8) ___________________ for 5,000 years. The new sails are different. Sailors fill (9) ___________________ to get them to (10) ___________________. They are 280 square metres in size. Michelin hopes to start selling them in 2022. It said: "Our aim (11) ___________________ to the de-carbonization of [sea] transport." It added that the good thing (12) ___________________ that it is a free fuel.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThecompanyMichelinmakescartyresandguidebooks.However,itisno
whelpingshipstobemoreenvironmentallyfriendly.Ithasmadegiantsai
lstomakeshippinggreener.Shippingproduces940milliontonsofCO2a
year-about2.5percentoftheworld'sgreenhousegasses.Oiltankers,c
ontainershipsandcruiseshipsusealotoffossilfuel.Thenewsailscouldcu
ttheamountofCO2shipsproduceby20percent.Michelinisusingoldtech
nologyontoday'sbiggestproblem-climatechange.Boatshaveuseds
ailsfor5,000years.Thenewsailsaredifferent.Sailorsfillthemwithairto
getthemtotheirfullsize.Theyare280squaremetresinsize.Michelinhop
estostartsellingthemin2022.Itsaid:"Ouraimistocontributetothede-
carbonizationof[sea]transport."Itaddedthatthegoodthingaboutwin
disthatitisafreefuel.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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