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Biofuels in shipping – an alternative for climate change mitigation

While heavy fuel oil (HFO) is still the dominant energy source powering international shipping, there is mounting pressure on shipping companies and ship operators to develop sustainable alternative fuels with low pollutant levels and low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The “Biofuels in Shipping” session at the 18th Fuels of the Future Conference, which will be held as a digital event from January 18-22, 2021 aims to take a closer look at the biofuel contenders.

Almost 600 participants from over 40 countries converged in Berlin, Germany during January 21-22, 2019 to attend the 16th International conference “Fuels of the Future”. The “Biofuels in Shipping” session at the 18th Fuels of the Future Conference, which will be held as a digital event from January 18-22, 2021, aims to take a closer look at the biofuel contenders (photo courtesy Markku Björkman).

Many countries are currently in the decisive phase when it comes to new mobility concepts that have to combat climate change and to meet the needs of both urban development and sustainability requirements at the same time.

Like in the previous years, the annual “Fuels of the Future” conference is jointly organised by Bundesverband Bioenergie e.V (BBE), Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP), German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe), Fachverband Biogas and Association of the German Biofuels Industry (VDB), and brings together political leaders, scientists, and industry players to discuss the transport and energy policy of today and the challenges of the future.

Renewable fuels play a major role in this discussion, in particular, because of the global trade of raw materials and the wide range of national biofuel strategies.

Unlike previous years, the 2021 edition will be held as a 5-day series of digital-only sessions from January 18 – 21, 2021. Each event day will consist of three sessions and in total, some 60 speakers in 15 sessions, held bilingually (German-English), will provide important insights into topics regarding renewable mobility and biofuels.

Industry experts, scientists, consultants as well as representatives of NGOs and governments from around the world will cover a bright spectrum of topics like biodiesel and bioethanol innovation, European and national legislation, sustainability, biofuels in shipping and aviation, advanced alternative fuels, e.g., e-fuels, biomethane fuels as well as technology and market outlooks.

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