Aug 16, 2016

65 UK firms pledge to integrate EVs into fleet

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Sixty-five organisations in the UK have pledged to convert at least five percent of their fleets to electric vehicles by 2020. Among the gr...

Sixty-five organisations in the UK have pledged to convert at least five percent of their fleets to electric vehicles by 2020.

Among the groups to take the pledge are Microsoft UK, Transport for London, soft drinks producer Britvic and the Environment Agency.

The Go Ultra Low Companies initiative, which launched in May, is a joint government and automotive industry-funded campaign promoting the benefits of EVs to the UK’s corporate and private buyers.

The organisations which have made the pledge thus far have already incorporated EVs into their fleets, and have now formally committed to adding the full five percent by the end of the decade.

The current commitments mean that the groups involved will be using more than 1,000 EVs combined by 2020. Many of those involved have also promised to go further than the pledge mandates, with Britvic planning to achieve a 10 percent EV fleet by 2020 and the University of Cambridge striving for 20 percent.

"The response to the Go Ultra Low Companies scheme has been excellent, from both the private and public sectors — ranging from small businesses to an 800-year-old university," said Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, in a statement. "This eclectic mix of Go Ultra Low Companies is setting an example for the rest of the UK. With more and more electric vehicles now available, we encourage every organisation and fleet to consider switching to electric."

The UK’s transport minister, John Hayes, said that he feels it’s “fantastic” that so many firms were now committed to the goals.

“We want more to follow suit,” he continued. “These companies will benefit from the fuel and tax savings electric vehicles offer, as well as helping to protect the environment.”

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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

Dominic Ellis
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Commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International sign MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping

Independent commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International have signed an MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping and ammonia fuel infrastructure.

Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050. 

How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.

Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:

  • The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
  • Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
  • Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities

Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.  

There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.

Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.

Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.

Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.

It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.

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