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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 

The Coalition for the Energy of the Future, of which Wrtsil and shipping company CMA CGM were founding members, has identified seven development projects for 2021, and welcomed three new corporate members, including Bureau Veritas, thereby expanding the original membership of 11 businesses to 14.

The projects to be worked on in cross-industry working groups during 2021 are; Green Hydrogen; New Biofuel for Maritime needs; Carbon-neutral LNG; Green Electricity; Zero Emissions; Digital Solutions; and Intermodal Green Hubs. The overall aim of the coalition is to define a clear pathway towards carbon neutrality.

“These projects are all areas that Wärtsilä is heavily involved in, and which align closely with the company’s Smart Marine and Smart Energy strategies. We fully support the aims of this initiative, and since collaboration is central to achieving real progress, we look forward to working closely with the other members for a cleaner and better future,” says Roger Holm, President, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

Launched in 2019 during the French Maritime Economy Conference, the programme has received the backing of French President Emmanuel Macron. The target is to achieve genuine technological breakthroughs with tangible results by 2030.

The three new members of the coalition are Airbus, Bureau Veritas, and PSA International. The original members are Wärtsilä, CMA CGM Group, Amazon Web Services, Carrefour, Cluster Maritime Franҫais, Crédit Agricole Corporate Investment Banking, Engie, Faurecia, Michelin, Schneider Electric, and Total.

CMA CGM notes that 2021 will see the development of the Coalition’s first seven projects:


  1. Green hydrogen: initially looking at road transport;
  2. 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,
  3. Carbon neutral liquefied natural gas (LNG): draw a pathway for bioLNG toward carbon neutrality, highlighting key issues to be addressed;
  4. Green electricity: identify and convert depots, terminals and warehouses into green self-sustained entities;
  5. Zero emission vehicles for road, air and sea: a common vision and roadmap to develop innovative R&D projects around new energies such as Hydrogen or Ammonia,
  6. Digital ecocalculator 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-emission alternatives,
  7. Intermodal green hubs: propose a business plan to sustain port conversion into new green multimodal hubs using lower-impact routing with greener energy by end of 2021.


To achieve genuine technological breakthroughs with tangible results by 2030, the Coalition’s three main goals are:


  • To unlock a more extensive portfolio of clean energy sources;
  • To decrease the energy consumption per kilometer-equivalent of goods mobility; and
  • To reduce the proportion of emissions linked to transport and logistics.


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