The Coalition for the Energy of the Future, gathering transport, energy and other companies from around the world with the ambition to reduce emissions, unveiled seven projects to be realized within 2021.
Launched during the French Maritime Economy Conference in late 2019, the Coalition aims at accelerating the development of future energies and technologies to sustain new green mobility models and reduce the impact of transport and logistics on climate change.
Airbus, Bureau Veritas and PSA International became the latest additions to the global collaboration, joining AWS, Carrefour, CMA CGM Group, Cluster Maritime Français, Crédit Agricole CIB, ENGIE, Faurecia, Michelin, Schneider Electric, Total and Wärtsilä.
As 2021 is eexpected to be a structuring year for this effort, the Coalition announced its first 7 projects for this year:
- 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,
- 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,
- Carbon neutral LNG: draw a pathway for bioLNG toward carbon neutrality, highlighting key issues to be addressed,
- 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,
- 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 nnovative R&D projects around new energies such as Hydrogen or Ammonia,
- 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,
- Intermodal green hubs: propose a business plan to sustain port conversion into new green multimodal hubs using lower-impact routing with greener energy by end of 2021.
To achieve genuine technological breakthroughs with tangible results by 2030, the Coalition’s three main goals are:
- To unlock a more extensive portfolio of clean energy sources;
- To decrease the energy consumption per kilometer-equivalent of goods mobility;
- To reduce the proportion of emissions linked to transport and logistics.
The 14 companies will continue to work closely together over the coming months to develop new concrete projects going further in the fight against climate change.
Innovative projects and joint development programs will be certainly vital to make sure we are ready for the future. The different stakeholders and experience of this Coalition certainly brings real power across the shipping sector & supply chains to develop the innovative solutions we need. It is a collective approach and all our efforts definitely need to be connected to sustain new green transportation models,
…said Matthieu de Tugny, President of Bureau Veritas Marine and Offshore.