Announcement Of New Initiative To Low-Carbon Fuel Production

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The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has adopted the Clean Energy Marine Hubs Initiative (CEM-Hubs) at a global energy summit in Goa, India, says an article published on Hydrocarbon engineering.

Transform maritime transportation

The platform brings together the private sector and governments across the energy-maritime value chain to transform maritime transportation and production hubs for future low-carbon fuels.

The CEM-Hubs initiative is initially backed by Canada, Norway, Panama, Uruguay and the UAE in partnership with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and the International Association of Ports & Harbours (IAPH). The CEM Hubs initiative is a partnership that is jointly led by private sector and governments working in close collaboration.

Not currently exist

The energy maritime value chain is far from ready to transport the influx of low-carbon fuels that are expected between now and 2050. To accommodate demand, the shipping industry is expected to transport at least 50% of all traded low carbon fuels by 2050, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

However, the production centres, vessels and port infrastructure required to accommodate expected demand do not currently exist at commercial-scale.

Net zero targets

So far only one ship in the whole global fleet has been piloted to transport liquefied hydrogen – travelling from Australia to Japan. For hydrogen derivates such as ammonia and other low-carbon fuels moved by ships, the scale is far from what heavy industries, transport, and other sectors would require.

To support the global transition to net zero targets, shipping is expected to transport between two and up to five times the low-carbon fuels it will consume by 2050. The mix of fuels that shipping moves will also need to change to be aligned to the Paris Agreement.

The immense scale

Participants have convened in Goa for the first ever CEM-Hub meeting. The initiative was adopted less than a year after it was first presented, in an unprecedented move by the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) that reflects the immense scale of the problem and urgency to establish solutions. The CEM-Hubs initiative and progress will be featured at the next COP28 in Dubai, UAE.

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Source: Hydrocarbon engineering