At COP25 in December 2019, EDF launched its report ‘Electrofuels for Shipping’, which describes how electrofuels can be produced for ships without emitting greenhouse gases over their lifecycle. The report, authored by Ricardo, shows how the production of zero-carbon electrofuels could drive investment in sustainable infrastructure onshore, especially in countries with abundant renewable resources. The report includes a detailed case study for Chile.
In this webinar, Ricardo presented key aspects of the report, including:
- A comparison of renewably-produced hydrogen, ammonia and methanol as fuels for shipping.
- The renewable energy requirements for the three electrofuels.
- An example of how electrofuel plants could be installed in Chile.
- The potential co-benefits to countries if electrofuels were adopted by the shipping sector.
The webinar concluded with a discussion led by EDF on the policy pathways and trends for the adoption of zero-carbon fuels. Currently, these fuels do not compete with fossil fuels on price alone, so coordinated policies and regulatory incentives are required to facilitate the development and deployment of these fuels. EDF also described how it is exploring a range of mechanisms to drive down costs without penalising early adopters.
- Nick Ash, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment
- Iryna Sikora, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment
- Marie Cabbia Hubatova, Manager, Environmental Defense Fund Europe
- Natacha Stamatiou, Research Analyst, Environmental Defense Fund Europe