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Tuesday, July 20, 2021 

Rolls-Royce Power Systems has announced its intention to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030 compared to its 2019 level through the use of new net zero and zero carbon technologies, in line with Rolls-Royce group's ambition to achieve net zero by 2050 at the latest.

Andreas Schell, CEO Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said: “With ‘Net Zero at Power Systems’, we’re not just taking action to protect the environment. We’re re-aligning our strategytowards eco-friendly energy and propulsion systems. We already see these explicitly as growth opportunities for our business in the coming years."

A key element in achieving these goals is the certification of the most important mtu engine products, which will run on sustainable fuels from as early as 2023 and then be successively brought into use.

“The certification means that the new generation of Series 2000 and 4000 engines, that currently account for 85% of our sales revenues, will be qualified to run on

second-generation bio-fuels and on E-fuels,” said Dr Otto Preiss, CTO and COO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Power Systems is taking a multi-pillar approach to reducing emissions: Besides using sustainable fuels, the Rolls-Royce business unit is building on new technologies such as CO2-free fuel cell systems. On top of that, development engineers are also working on engines powered by hydrogen and methanol. Other sustainable solutions such as battery energy storage systems, hybrid propulsion systems already feature in the Power Systems portfolio.

“To make as big an impact as possible in the fight against climate change, the first priority of Power Systems is to re-align its product portfolio towards sustainability. That’s the area we’re concentrating on at present because that’s where we see the biggest potential for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. But this year will also see us setting milestones for gearing our production and value chain to long-term climate neutrality,” said Preiss.

The ‘Net Zero at Power Systems’ concept follows on from the Rolls-Royce parent company's ‘Pathway to Net Zero’ programme. In total, the Power Systems products sold in 2019, the year before the pandemic, will generate some 109m tons of greenhouse gases over their service life in the field.

“That means that when it comes to lowering emissions, we have a lot of leverage. But the onus is on policy-makers as well to put in place stable framework conditions for sustainable energy solutions in the areas of industry in which we operate, thereby providing clear incentives to participate in the changeover to sustainable products,” said Schell.

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