Coalition announces green transport, logistics plans including biogas

The Coalition for the Energy of the Future has unveiled its first seven concrete actions, including on biogas and hydrogen, and welcomed three new members.

Launched in late 2019, the Coalition aims at accelerating the development of future energies and technologies to sustain green energy models and reduce the impact of transport and logistics on climate change.

Airbus, a pioneer of sustainable aviation; Bureau Veritas, which specialises in testing, inspection, and certification; and PSA International, a global port group, have all joined the Coalition, alongside existing members ENGIE, Total, Wärtsilä, Carrefour, AWS, CMA CGM Group, Cluster Maritime Francais, Crédit Agricole CIB, Faurecia, Michelin, and Schneider Electric.

2021 will be a ‘restructuring year’ for the Coalition and its cross-industry working groups, with seven projects to be developed:

  • Green hydrogen: capitalise 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 the 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 third generation biofuels

  • Carbon-neutral LNG: draw a pathway for bio-LNG toward carbon neutrality, highlighting key issues to be addressed

  • Green electricity: identify and convert along the global supply chain the key elements (depots, terminals and 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 innovative R&D projects around new energies such as hydrogen or ammonia

  • Digital eco-calculator 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-emissions alternatives

  • Intermodal green hubs: propose a business plan to sustain port conversion into new green multimodal hubs using lower-impact routing with green energy by the end of 2021.

Tan Chong Meng, CEO of PSA International, said: “PSA 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.”

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