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Coalition for the Energy of the Future unveils alternative fuel projects for 2021

24 Feb 2021

The Coalition for the Energy of the Future, an organisation launched in late 2019 which aims to accelerate the development of future energies and technologies to reduce the impact of transport and logistics on climate change, on Tuesday (23 February) announced the first milestones to be reached in 2021.

2021 will be a structuring year for the Coalition and its cross-industry working groups with seven projects to be developed; the projects are:

  1.       Green hydrogen: capitalize on Carrefour projects Cathyope and H2Haul to experiment for the first time in Europe hydrogen-powered fuel cell long distance zero-emission trucks and propose a consolidated order book for goods’ transportation on French and European roads by end of the first semester in order to accelerate hydrogen availability,
  2.       Biofuel: propose and test the first bio-crude oil dedicated to maritime needs to increase the use of Biofuel along the supply chain and develop the use of 3rd generation biofuels,
  3.       Carbon neutral liquefied natural gas (LNG): draw a pathway for bioLNG toward carbon neutrality, highlighting key issues to be addressed,
  4.       Green electricity: identify & convert along the global supply chain the key elements (depots, terminals & warehouses…) into green self-sustained entities to accelerate the electric conversion in the transport chain,
  5.       Zero emission vehicles for road, air and sea transportation: share by the end of the first quarter of 2021 a common vision and roadmap to develop innovative R&D projects around new energies such as Hydrogen or Ammonia,
  6.       Digital ecocalculator of the global transport chain: develop a digital eco-calculator certifying door-to-door CO2 impact on any given transportation routing as well as proposing low-emission alternatives,
  7.       Intermodal green hubs: propose a business plan to sustain port conversion into new green multimodal hubs using lower-impact routing with greener energy by the end of 2021.

Additionally, the Coalition for the Energy of the Future welcomed three new members to the organisation. They join AWS, Carrefour, CMA CGM Group, Cluster Maritime Français, Crédit Agricole CIB, ENGIE, Faurecia, Michelin, Schneider Electric, Total and Wärtsilä in the Coalition.

The three new members are:

  • Airbus, an international reference in the aerospace sector and a pioneer of sustainable aviation
  • Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification,
  • PSA International, a leading global port group and trusted partner to cargo stakeholders.

“Airbus has a leading role to play in the ambition for sustainable aviation,” says Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice President Engineering, Airbus. 

“We are convinced of the benefits that joint initiatives can bring in finding innovative solutions to reduce the C02 emissions of our industry — because we know this challenge requires a collective effort. We believe this coalition will foster the development of creative projects with effective results that will pioneer new mobility models across the sector.”

“PSA is proud to be a part of the Coalition, which is in line with our mission to enable greener logistics choices for all by working with like-minded partners,” states Tan Chong Meng, CEO at PSA International.

“We are excited to support the development of future energies and technologies, and to do our part to collectively create a more sustainable future for transport and trade.”


Photo credit: Kobu-Agency
Published: 24 February, 2021

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