What is the role of sustainable biofuels in the decarbonisation of shipping?

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New York United States of America

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As part of its work on decarbonisation in shipping, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is hosting an event during Climate Week NYC 2019 to explore the role of biofuels in the context of the maritime industry’s transition to zero-emissions shipping.

There is an urgent need for the radical decarbonisation of shipping. It’s time for the maritime industry to play its part in limiting global heating to 1.5 C, by transitioning from the current reliance on fossil fuels towards zero carbon fuels by 2050. Research commissioned by the SSI in 2018 revealed that zero-emission vessels need to be entering the world’s fleet by 2030 – and that advanced biofuels represent one of the more economically feasible options for shipping in that time-frame. While some may say “biofuels remain risky territory” – with significant potential for good intentions to result in perverse outcomes – our research suggests there is also potential for certain biofuels to help the shipping industry kickstart its journey towards rapid and full decarbonisation.

At this event an inspiring panel of speakers will be moderated by Dr Sally Uren, Chief Executive of international sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future. Aligned with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit Energy Transition track, the event will share and anchor our learning so far across the maritime, sustainability and climate communities. This event represents the culmination of a series of consultations exploring the role of sustainable biofuels in the decarbonisation of shipping. The insights from the consultation process and the Climate Week event will feed into a report, on the possible role (if any) of sustainable biofuels for shipping, to be published in late 2019.

Join us in shaping the maritime industry’s approach to biofuels on our journey to zero-emissions shipping!

 

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This is an invitation-only event. Entry will be restricted to registered participants with a ticket issued by the SSI.

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