The Reading / Listening - Green Shipping - Level 2

Most people link the company Michelin with car tyres and guide books. However, the company is helping ships to be more environmentally friendly. It has tested giant sails that will make shipping greener. Shipping produces a lot of carbon dioxide. Oil tankers, container ships and cruise ships use fossil fuels to move around the world's oceans. The industry produces around 940 million tons of CO2 a year. It produces about 2.5 per cent of the world's greenhouse gasses. The new sails could cut the amount of CO2 the shipping industry produces by 20 per cent.

Michelin is using the old technology of sails on the most urgent problem the world faces today – climate change. Boats have used sails for 5,000 years. The new sails are different. Sailors fill the sails with air to get them to their full size. The sails can be lowered quickly if a ship needs to sail under a bridge. The sails are 280 square metres in size. Michelin hopes to start making and selling them in 2022. A company spokesperson said: "Our aim is to contribute to the de-carbonization of maritime transport." He 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 1   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. link the company Michelin
  2. guide
  3. be more environmentally
  4. cruise
  5. around 940 million
  6. 2.5 per cent of the world's greenhouse
  7. cut the amount
  8. the shipping
  1. gasses
  2. industry
  3. of CO2
  4. books
  5. ships
  6. with car tyres
  7. tons of CO2
  8. friendly

Paragraph 2

  1. Michelin is using the
  2. the most urgent problem
  3. climate
  4. Boats have used sails
  5. Sailors fill the sails
  6. if a ship needs to sail
  7. start making and selling
  8. the good thing
  1. for 5,000 years
  2. under a bridge
  3. the world faces
  4. about wind
  5. them in 2022
  6. old technology
  7. with air
  8. change

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Most (1) ___________________ company Michelin with car tyres and guide books. However, the company is helping ships to be more environmentally friendly. (2) ___________________ giant sails that will make shipping greener. Shipping produces a lot of carbon dioxide. Oil tankers, container ships (3) ___________________ use fossil fuels to move around (4) ___________________. The industry produces around 940 million tons of CO2 a year. (5) ___________________ 2.5 per cent of the world's greenhouse gasses. The new sails could (6) ___________________ of CO2 the shipping industry produces by 20 per cent.

Michelin is using the old technology of sails on (7) ___________________ problem the world faces today - climate change. Boats (8) ___________________ for 5,000 years. The new sails are different. Sailors fill the sails with air to get them to their full size. The sails can (9) ___________________ if a ship needs to sail under a bridge. The sails are 280 square metres in size. Michelin hopes to start (10) ___________________ them in 2022. A company spokesperson said: "Our aim (11) ___________________ to the de-carbonization of maritime transport." He added that the good thing about wind is that it is (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

MostpeoplelinkthecompanyMichelinwithcartyresandguidebooks.Ho
wever,thecompanyishelpingshipstobemoreenvironmentallyfriendly
.Ithastestedgiantsailsthatwillmakeshippinggreener.Shippingprodu
cesalotofcarbondioxide.Oiltankers,containershipsandcruiseshipsus
efossilfuelstomovearoundtheworld'soceans.Theindustryproducesar
ound940milliontonsofCO2ayear.Itproducesabout2.5percentofthew
orld'sgreenhousegasses.ThenewsailscouldcuttheamountofCO2thes
hippingindustryproducesby20percent.Michelinisusingtheoldtechnol
ogyofsailsonthemosturgentproblemtheworldfacestoday-climatech
ange.Boatshaveusedsailsfor5,000years.Thenewsailsaredifferent.S
ailorsfillthesailswithairtogetthemtotheirfullsize.Thesailscanbelower
edquicklyifashipneedstosailunderabridge.Thesailsare280squareme
tresinsize.Michelinhopestostartmakingandsellingthemin2022.Aco
mpanyspokespersonsaid:"Ouraimistocontributetothede-carboni
zationofmaritimetransport."Headdedthatthegoodthingaboutwindist
hatitisafreefuel.

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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Answers

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