E4tech was pleased to work with Houlder and the IMO-Norway GreenVoyage2050 project to develop and deliver two virtual 4-day training workshops on Alternative Fuels and Energy Carriers for Shipping. The energy transition is lapping at the shores of the shipping industry, with large-scale transformation in fuel-use needed to achieve the International Maritime Organisation’s decarbonisation targets. The recently-completed workshops equipped participants from China, Georgia, India and South Africa with the knowledge to understand and shape this transition in their own countries, whilst also recognising the opportunities alternative fuels may bring.
Momentum behind a wide range of alternative fuels in different transport modes is growing, and E4tech has been working with the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) on a major 13 month study to assess opportunities in low carbon fuel value chains and their potential development and deployment across road, marine and aviation transport. The study evaluated a range of reformulated fuels, biofuels, e-fuels and hydrogen with CCS for use in existing, modified or new engines and infrastructure. The later stages of the study focused increasingly on marine and aviation, as transport sectors more difficult to decarbonise through electrification.
Aviation fuel demand is expected to continue to grow over the next decades and continue to rely heavily on kerosene fuel for use in jet engines.
The River Thames is not only the thread that ties one of the world’s biggest cities together, but it is also the UK’s second busiest port used to transport forty million tonnes of cargo, ten million passengers and five million tonnes of materials per year. A huge range of vessels travel the 95 miles of water covered by the Port of London Authority (PLA) – ferries, workboats, tugs, tour boats - almost all of them powered by fossil fuels. With an eye to the air quality and low carbon goals being set for the rest of London, PLA set about creating a zero emission roadmap for the vessels on the Thames.
The UK aviation industry has committed to achieving net zero CO2 emissions in 2050, while accommodating 64% growth in passenger numbers.