How e-fuels can clean up European shipping

Today, the maritime sector relies almost entirely on fossil fuels and shipping emissions are growing rapidly. The EU has set an objective of cutting emissions across the bloc by 55% by 2030, as well as fully decarbonising the economy by 2050.

To contribute its fair share to achieving the 55% emissions reduction objective, shipping would have to cut almost two thirds of its 140 MtCO2/year emissions today.

The scale of the effort is huge: even if energy efficiency can deliver up to one third of the needed cuts, full decarbonisation by 2050 will require kick-starting the uptake of sustainable fuels this decade.

However, the technical design and the overall ambition of the FuelEU Maritime regulation makes it unfit to promote sustainable and scalable renewable fuels. This is because ships will be allowed to use not only expensive Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin (RFNBOs), but also supposedly lower-carbon cheap fossil fuels, such as LNG in order to comply with the emissions reduction targets.

This is inconsistent with the objectives of the EU Green Deal, as well as with the other fuel initiatives of the Fit-for-55 package targeting renewable fuels only.

The event, co-hosted by T&E and CATF, will feature speakers from civil society, industry, academia and the European Institutions and will focus on the necessary legislative changes for the upcoming Fuel EU Maritime legislation. The discussion will be moderated by climate journalist Sam Morgan.

Introduction by Sam Morgan (moderator)

I) Perspectives for e-fuels towards zero-emission shipping

Usage and safety of e-fuels in maritime sector – Dr Tristan Smith (UCL Energy Institute).

Technology readiness in the industry – e-fuels ship engines – Alexander Feindt (MAN ES)

Technology readiness in the industry – e-fuels ships – Alexandre Bellot (LMG Marin)

II) Roundtable discussion: How can the FuelEU Maritime support the use of e-fuels in European shipping?

Jonas Krone (German Ministry of Environment)

Ricardo Batista (DG MOVE, European Commission)

Vera Tax MEP (S&D, Transport Committee, European Parliament)

Faig Abbasov (Transport&Environment)

Q&A session

Concluding remarks by Vera Tax MEP

Event recording

Event presentations