Shippers ‘conned’ by greenwashing: lies, damned lies, and logistics, highlights a Loadstar news source.
Fuels landscape is already a dishonest one
As if ‘green’, ‘grey’, ‘blue’ and ‘brown’ were not confusing and loaded enough, the fuels landscape is already a dishonest one, with deceptive practices among fuel suppliers, and their shipper customers either unwittingly or knowingly playing along, experts say.
Opportunity Green CEO Aoife O’Leary, in conversation with The Loadstar, explained: “The sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) label is just an incredible marketing coup by the aviation industry,” she said. “There is no such thing as SAF right now. ‘SAF’ is everything from dodgy palm oil and other deforestation-based fuel, you’ve got some used cooking oil in there, there’s a wide range. But it’s pitched as though it is one fuel, meaning regulators can say, ‘we’ll promote sustainable aviation fuel’.
“We just don’t have enough [feedstock] to make anything like the amount we need for aviation, never mind if we’re talking about shipping as well. And unfortunately in the EU, we’ve been putting them in cars for decades, which is just a complete waste of biofuel.”
GoodFuels, which provides biofuel for shipping and aviation, has previously told The Loadstar that better utilisation of biofuel feedstocks – including those not traditionally considered like sewer fatbergs – will bring about sufficient supply to cover all of shipping’s needs. However, the European Commission has taken the stance that biofuel would be better routed away from shipping. Ms O’Leary agrees.
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Source: The Loadstar