Transport Technology Innovations Needed For Decarbonization
Innovations in Transport Technology Needed For Global Decarbonization, World Energy Congress Panel Concludes
• Number of cars worldwide expected to
double by 2050
• New technologies can cut transport emissions, which account for 23% of global CO2 pollution (40% from passenger cars)
• But “no real alternative to petrol”, says panellist
World Energy Congress, Daegu, Korea, 14 October 2013: With the total number of cars in the world expected to double to around 2.6 billion vehicles by 2050, governments and the automotive industry must find ways to decarbonise the transportation sector if global CO2 emissions are to be cut, the World Energy Congress was told today.
However, Olivier Appert, Chairman and CEO of IFP Energies Nouvelles, warned during a headline panel session on the future of transport, “At the moment, there is no real alternative to petrol.”
Designing smaller, fuel-efficient engines and improving alternative sources of energy, such as biofuel technology, are the two key ways to most effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, he said. But efforts must be coordinated across the whole stakeholder spectrum.
Jerome Ferrier, President of the France-based International Gas Union, agreed that other sources of fuel should be sought but proposed using cleaner fossil fuels, in particular LNG or other non-petrol based fuels.
“Natural gas is not a game changer,” he said, but will lead to CO2 reduction in the transportation sector. While seeing progress in estimates that by 2015. 40 million vehicles worldwide will run on natural gas, he noted that this would still be only 5% of all units on the road.
At the same time, some policymakers say that the best solution to climate change is greater use of renewable resources driving new vehicle development.
“Electric engines are the most efficient vehicles”, said Martine Ouellet. Minister of Natural Resources of Québec, who explained that her province has enacted a series of policies in order to reduce its carbon footprint.
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