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Accelerating Electrofuels and the Benefits of Zero-Carbon for Shipping in South and Central America

Please join Ocean Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Instituto Clima e Sociedade during Climate Week NYC 2020 to discuss the launch of a new report, Zero-Carbon for Shipping: Propelling investment in South and Central America with hydrogen-based shipping fuels.

South and Central America has an active shipping sector driven by regional and global trade. While the industry is currently reliant on fossil fuels, decarbonization goals set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and governments will require the sector to adopt zero-carbon fuels in the coming years. ‘Green electrofuels’ are synthetic fuels made with renewable electricity and they have an important role to play transitioning to a clean energy and sustainable shipping future.

This report illustrates how adopting electrofuels for shipping could attract investment to South and Central America and provide a number of additional benefits through case studies of regional ports (Porto do Pecém, Brazil; Río de la Plata, Argentina and Uruguay; Puerto Bolívar, Colombia; and San Nicolás, Peru).

After a brief summary of the report and case studies, a panel of government, shipping sector stakeholders, and NGO representatives will discuss the potential for electrofuels in the sector and region before taking questions from the audience.