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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 

A new position paper on future marine fuels now has been published by the CIMAC Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Strategy Group, with the intention of indicating which eFuels are most relevant for future propulsion systems from todays point of view, and comment on policy measures to promote the uptake of these fuels.

Dirk Bergmann, Chairman, CIMAC GHG Strategy Group, said: "Decarbonisation of international shipping is achievable and a harmonised legal framework is needed. The recently published IPCC report emphasises the urgency of pursuing a global reduction in CO2 emissions as early as the 2020s. We now need to identify and describe the steps necessary to reach the goal. We are keen to support this process in a targeted manner. The selection of the right fuel plays a very central role here, since net zero and zero carbon fuels represent the biggest lever to achieve climate neutral shipping.”

The paper looks at the different fuel options, but also expresses that a definite and predictable legal framework promoting the development and scaling of (net) zero carbon fuels is essential to secure the necessary high investments of the coming years.

Peter Müller-Baum, CIMAC Secretary General, said: “This legal framework needs to be homogenous and consistent, and ideally is defined on a global level.”

CIMAC (the International Council on Combustion Engines) says it will continue to closely follow the discussions around IMO, MEPC, and GHG preventions and comment as needed. Its GHG strategy group will publish white papers soon to look into the details of different options and technologies. The topic will certainly play a major role during the CIMAC World Congress in Busan, Korea that will take place from June 13 to 17, 2022. The CIMAC position papers are available online here.

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