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26.02.2021, 09:40

Green Energy Coalition Announces New Members

Airbus, Bureau Veritas and PSA International are the latest companies to join the Coalition for the Energy of the Future whose members are committed to accelerating the development of sustainable energy to support new mobility models.

 

They join AWS, Carrefour, CMA CGM Group, Cluster Maritime Français, Crédit Agricole CIB, ENGIE, Faurecia, Michelin, Schneider Electric, Total and Wärtsilä as coalition members.

 

Launched in late 2019 during the French Maritime Economy Conference (Assises de l’Economie de la Mer), and supported by French President Emmanuel Macron, the coalition aims at accelerating the development of future energies and technologies to sustain new, green mobility models to reduce the climate impact of transport and logistics.

 

Seven projects for completion have recently been unveiled as part the coalition's first milestone target for 2021:.

  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 nnovative 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 end of 2021.

 

The fourteen member companies expect to work closely over the coming months to develop new and concrete projects in support that support action against climate change. 

 

"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.”  

 

According to Matthieu de Tugny, President of Bureau Veritas Marine and Offshore, "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."

 

Tan Chong Meng CEO, PSA International, adds that his company "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. 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."

 

To achieve genuine technological breakthroughs with tangible results by 2030, the Coalition’s three stated objectives are:

  • To unlock a more extensive portfolio of clean energy sources;
  • To decrease the energy consumption per kilometer-equivalent of goods mobility; and
  • To reduce the proportion of emissions linked to transport and logistics.

 

 

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