What is the potential role (if any) of sustainable biofuels for shipping?

SSI is holding a series of seminars and webinars 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 warming 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. 


Seminar 1: How sustainable are biofuels for shipping?
(WWF Brussels, 26 June 2019)

On 26 June SSI held a seminar on the sustainability of biofuels in Brussels, hosted by SSI member WWF. Facilitated by Forum for the Future, the seminar provided an opportunity for a diverse range of views to be expressed on the key questions raised, providing rich insights and debate. Click here for more on what was discussed at seminar 1.


Seminar 2: What is the potential availability of
sustainable biofuels for shipping?
(IMO London, 11 July 2019)

SSI will hold a second seminar on the availability of sustainable biofuels on 11 July at the International Maritime Organization in London. This seminar aims to provide clarity as to why there is such a wide range of estimates of the future availability of sustainable biofuel and the implications of these various estimates for the decarbonisation of shipping. The seminar will also explore whether sufficient sustainable biofuels will become available to meet the needs of the shipping sector.


Webinar: How can biofuels contribute to the
decarbonisation of shipping?
(date TBC - Americas-based stakeholders )

Americas-based stakeholders who were unable to participate in the face-to-face seminars have their opportunity to share their views and contribute to the debate on whether and how biofuels can contribute to the decarbonisation of the shipping sector. The webinar will also be an opportunity for SSI to share the insights it has gained from its investigation thus far.


Climate Week NYC
#biofuels4shipping: What is the role of sustainable biofuels in the decarbonisation of shipping?
New York, 25 September 2019

SSI is hosting an invitation-only event during Climate Week NYC 2019 under its Energy Transition Program, marking the culmination of an in-depth stakeholder consultation throughout 2019 on the sustainability and availability of biofuels in the context of the industry’s transition to zero-emissions shipping.

At #biofuels4shippping participants will witness an inspiring panel of speakers, moderated by Forum for the Future Chief Executive Dr Sally Uren. 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.

This 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. For more information and to register your interest, please contact info@ssi2040.org