Argonne National Laboratory Is Steering Toward Cleaner Shipping

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January 6, 2022

Argonne National Laboratory Is Steering Toward Cleaner Shipping

Cleaning up shipping emissions

Shipping currently contributes 11% of all transportation carbon dioxide emissions and ANL is working to reduce those emissions. Image courtesy of Shawnanggg;

New research from scientists at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office, suggests that swapping heavy fuel oil with fuels made from wood waste, waste fats, oils, and greases could drastically cut planet-warming emissions from the shipping industry by 40% to 93%. The team also found that cleaner biofuels could be cost-effective after considering credits, like those offered by California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

While cars are increasingly being powered by batteries and electricity, heavier modes of transportation, like shipping, need different clean energy solutions, which is why ANL researchers have been exploring biofuel options. You can read more about the findings in Industry Today.