How biofuels could contribute to decarbonisation of the shipping sector

E4tech has recently started a study for the Dutch Platform for Sustainable Biofuels and the Port of Rotterdam which will provide insight into how biofuels could contribute to the decarbonisation of shipping in the Netherlands.

The Dutch shipping sector is getting ready to reduce its GHG emissions and become more environmentally sustainable. It is expected that global CO2 emissions from the shipping sector will continue to grow strongly if measures are not taken. Therefore policy makers are developing policy at international and national level to regulate emissions. For example, the Dutch Coalition Agreement includes an intention to conclude a Green Deal for inland shipping, seaports, and sea shipping.

Our study will assess the options for the decarbonisation of inland, short-sea, and deep-sea shipping, and then focus on those cases where biofuels could make the greatest contribution. It will also specifically address the important role ports will play in this decarbonisation process, as well as take into account the reduction of non-GHG emissions.

Together with the Platform for Sustainable Biofuels, the Port of Rotterdam, and other Dutch stakeholders, a first Roadmap for biofuels in Dutch shipping will be developed, which will recommend which actions the various stakeholders (e.g. policy-makers, shipbuilders & shipping companies, fuel producers & distributors) should take to ensure biofuels reach their potential.

For this study E4tech has teamed-up with Cees-Willem Koorneef of AddVision who has over 30 years of experience in the Dutch shipping sector.

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