New series of expert talks on alternative fuels
Be it hydrogen, electricity, biofuels or synthetically produced fuels – the new ‘Energy 4 Mobility’ expert talk series being launched by the organisers of Messe Frankfurt focuses on the topic of which alternative fuels will be powering our vehicles in future.
The second edition of the “Energy4Mobility Expert Talk” series was held in cooperation with the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union, on 15 March 2021. On this occasion, policy, industry and research representatives shared their views on the question: “Should the EU launch a Low Carbon Liquid Fuels Strategy?” The speakers agreed that a long-term strategy for low-carbon liquid fuels is needed at EU level to design the required policy framework and unlock the full potential of these types of fuels to support the EU’s climate neutrality ambitions.
Recap - Expert Talk from 15 March 2021 in Brussels
“This year, the European Commission will release the ReFuelEU Aviation and FuelEU Maritime legislative proposals. Both are designed to push the transport sectors to take substantial additional actions towards decarbonisation. In that regard, low-carbon liquid fuels will certainly play an important role for cutting aviation and maritime emissions by 2030.”
“A low-carbon liquid fuels strategy that would embrace a well-to-wheel approach would help ramp up production and use of these promising fuels in the road transport sector, with a view to use them later on in those other sectors which are more difficult to decarbonise."
“While there is no single technology which will address the challenge of decarbonising the entire transport sector, renewable and low-carbon liquid fuels represent a complementary, no-regret solution, across land, air and sea. A long-term European strategy would help drive demand for low-carbon liquid fuels in all three transport sectors.”
“Going forward we need a smart, market-oriented strategy on low-carbon liquid fuels for the aviation sector, which includes a clear phase-out of fossil kerosene and creates demand by providing incentives to invest in e-fuels.“
“E-fuels will not slow down electrification of transport. As such, we need incentives, notably in passenger car regulation, to spur the uptake of e-fuels where there is no credible alternative.”
"European policy for road transport has become really focused on replacing the internal combustion engine, whereas in fact, decarbonising transport is about replacing fossil fuels. This distinction is key if we do not want to lose credibility."
“Low-carbon liquid fuels could play a role in the transition, but they are currently hampered by their scarcity and their cost. Should they be made available to consumers easily and in an affordable way, they should definitely have a role to play in the medium term."
“The Energy 4 Mobility expert talk series is designed to include all types of technologies by design, covering the full range of climate-neutral fuels, from hydrogen and electricity to biofuels and synthetic fuels. We aim to use our events to facilitate a critical international exchange of views amongst stakeholders.”
Michael Johannes, Vice President Mobility & Logistics Messe Frankfurt
Impressions of the Expert Talk on 15 March 2021 in Brussels
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„E-fuels are already suitable for across-the-board use from a technical point of view. If the fuel is produced in North Africa, for example, where the energy yield is three times what we have here in Germany, the cost of a litre of e-fuel is less than a euro.“
“There is clearly a great deal of pressure on everyone to drive development in the field of alternative fuels, and to do that successfully, we need events like this one where we can network and share ideas.”
“The EU Refining Industry is transforming. We are moving into different types of products and want to enable the transport sector to become climate neutral. We believe that e-fuels have a very important role to play together with biofuels, electrification and other low carbon alternatives.”
“Sustainable mobility requires a mix of various alternative fuels and innovative mobility solutions. I believe that tomorrow’s mobility will have at least three key components: electromobility, hydrogen mobility, and e-fuels.”
„The so-called ‘drop-in’ fuels can be used directly, even in older vehicles, making it possible to reduce CO2 emissions over every kilometre covered by the vehicle.”