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GLASGOW: Commenting on its membership of the ‘First Movers Coalition’, formed by the U.S. Department of State and the World Economic Forum to create early markets for innovative clean energy technologies, Delta Air Lines says it wants to ensure half the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) used by 2030 is from feedstocks that produce the lowest greenhouse gas emissions.

Other members from the transport and logistics sector of the 25-strong coalition include A.P. Møller – Mærsk, Agility, Airbus, Boeing, Deutsche Post DHL, Scania, United Airlines and Volvo.

“The First Movers Coalition is a platform for the world’s leading global companies to make purchasing commitments to create early markets for critical technologies needed to achieve net-zero by 2050,” explained U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. “In this critical decade, we not only need to deploy as rapidly as possible existing clean energy technologies, such as wind turbines, solar panels, and battery storage, but also drive innovation for our long-term decarbonization goals.”

The International Energy Agency says roughly half of the reductions to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 must come from technologies that are not yet available commercially. So the Coalition will focus on eight sectors: steel, trucking, shipping, aviation, cement, aluminum, chemicals and direct air capture.

Founding Members are A.P. Møller – Mærsk, Aker ASA, Agility, Airbus, Amazon, Apple, Bain & Company, Bank of America, Boston Consulting Group, Boeing, Cemex, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited, Delta Air Lines, Deutsche Post DHL Group, ENGIE, Fortescue Metals Group, Holcim, Invenergy, Johnson Controls, Mahindra Group, Nokia, Ørsted, ReNew Power, Salesforce, Scania, SSAB, Trafigura, Trane Technologies, United Airlines, Vattenfall, Volvo Group, Yara International, Western Digital and ZF Friedrichshafen AG.

“This coalition will help spur the markets and policy environment essential to developing the sustainable fuels and technologies needed to combat climate change,” commented Amelia DeLuca, Delta Air Lines managing director of Sustainability.

SKARA, Sweden: Jula Logistics, part of a family-owned retail business, plans to replace a conventional Scania truck with electric power in 2022 to haul two 40ft containers per trip between a rail head at Falköping and its warehouse in Skara, north-east of Gothenburg.

”We use intermodal transport, where our cargo arrives to the port in Gothenburg by boat, is stowed onto a train that goes to Falköping,” explained Jula CEO Lennart Karlsson. “From there, the cargo is carried by truck the last bit of the journey to our warehouse in Skara. To make this chain of transport even more sustainable by using a truck powered by electricity from the solar panels that we will build on the roof of our warehouse is just fantastic.”

Jula has been operating the 64-tonne truck combination since 2015 in order to reduce the number of 120 kilometre round trips per day while cutting emissions 70 percent per TEU.

”Our partnership with Scania shows that this is technically possible, but we also need to create a long-term possibility to drive these longer vehicles that enable us to have a larger amount of cargo on the last part of our intermodal flow,” added Karlsson.

Scania says the new electric-powered vehicle is an example of how close dialogue with a customer enables it to build a one-of-a-kind vehicle that meets a customer’s needs with a model not in series production.

WASHINGTON, DC: In a clear signal to the maritime container industry, nine major shippers have announced they will switch all their ocean freight to vessels powered by zero-carbon fuels by 2040.

Amazon, Brooks Running, Frog Bikes, IKEA, Inditex, Michelin, Patagonia, Tchibo, and Unilever are the first signatories to a 2040 ambition statement facilitated by Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV), an initiative of the Aspen Institute.

Currently the International Maritime Organization only requires the sector to reduce its absolute emissions 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008.

Given the long lifespan of maritime cargo vessels and the need to ramp up renewable energy production, the Institute says the industry must transition to zero-carbon fuels by the mid-2020s, use them at scale by 2030 and be fully decarbonized by 2050, at the latest.

Today, maritime shipping produces one billion tonnes of climate pollution each year — as much as a G7 country or all of America’s coal-fired power plants combined.

It also accounts for three percent of all global emissions that could rise to 10 percent by 2050 if the industry continues to rely on carbon-intensive fuels.

“The coZEV initiative represents an historic step in the fight against climate change,” said Ingrid Irigoyen, director of the Aspen Institute Shipping Decarbonization Initiative, which facilitates the coZEV effort. “Maritime shipping has long been a major producer of climate and air pollution and attempts to transition away from fossil fuels have faced significant hurdles, including a perceived lack of freight customer demand, that has stifled investment and scalability of potential solutions.”

Through coZEV the Institute wants companies to help establish the first zero-carbon maritime transportation corridors; give policymakers confidence to enact measures that will lower the cost of the zero-carbon transition; and harness their collective creativity, market power, bias for action and investment capacity.

“Whether or not shipping will decarbonize is no longer a debate. The question is rather how quickly we can get our collective act together, and which supply chain actors and nations will be poised to harness the vast business opportunity this transition represents,” added Irigoyen.

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