Climate Week NYC: What is the role of sustainable biofuels in the decarbonisation of shipping?

As part of its work on decarbonisation in shipping, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is hosting a high-level event during Climate Week NYC 2019 under its Energy Transition track to explore the role of biofuels in the context of the maritime industry’s transition to zero-emissions shipping.

What is the role of sustainable biofuels
in the decarbonisation of shipping?
Wednesday 25 September 2019 | 9:00 – 11:30am
Downtown Manhattan | New York, NY 10014

This event is part of SSI's stakeholder consultation process to investigate the sustainability and availability of biofuels for shipping. We recognise that a number of questions surround the current, and potential future, sustainability and availability of biofuels – and we want to build a better understanding of the issues at play before deciding whether and how to proceed.

There is an urgent need for the radical decarbonisation of shipping. 

It’s time for the maritime industry to play its part in limiting global heating to 1.5°C, by transitioning from the current reliance on fossil fuels towards zero carbon fuels by 2050. Research commissioned by the SSI in 2018 revealed that zero-emission vessels need to be entering the world’s fleet by 2030 – and that advanced biofuels represent one of the more economically feasible options for shipping in that time-frame. 

While some may say “biofuels remain risky territory”– with significant potential for good intentions to result in perverse outcomes – our research suggests there is also potential for certain biofuels to help the shipping industry kickstart its journey towards rapid and full decarbonisation.

At this event you will witness an inspiring panel of speakers, moderated by Dr Sally Uren, Chief Executive of international sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future. Aligned with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit Energy Transition track, our event will share and anchor our learning so far across the maritime, sustainability and climate communities.

Climate Week NYC 2019 is a unique opportunity to galvanise stakeholders across and beyond the shipping value chain, demonstrating our commitment through a strong collective voice, concrete actions and by making a tangible contribution to sustainable shipping.

The insights from SSI's Climate Week event - and the series of seminars and webinar preceding it - will feed into a report, on the possible role (if any) of sustainable biofuels for shipping, to be published in late 2019.

Register* your interest in participating in this invitation-only event by September 11th by clicking the button below.

Join us in shaping the maritime industry’s approach to biofuels on our journey to zero-emissions shipping!

*This event is invitation-only and entry will be restricted to registered participants with a ticket issued by the SSI.