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Montreal Port Authority signs agreement with biofuel specialist

Montreal Port Authority signs agreement with biofuel specialist
The Port of Montreal

Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has signed a cooperation and development agreement with biofuel production specialist Greenfield Global, in an effort to evolve towards clean energy, notably green hydrogen, ethanol and methanol.

In the wake of dockside shore power implemented in 2017, the development of green hydrogen will make indirect shore supply of electrical power possible for the marine industry, noted the Canadian port.

The agreement covers aims to identify, conceive and implement innovative green energy solutions, among which green hydrogen, ethanol and methanol are at the forefront.

A working committee has been set up to oversee the development and implementation of these new energy solutions for current and future MPA activities as well as those of the port authority’s partners and the marine industry.

Howard Field, CEO of Greenfield Global, stated: “As the leading producer of low-carbon transportation fuel in Quebec, we are excited to partner with the Port of Montreal to develop and commercialise green hydrogen and green methanol solutions for the maritime industry.

“Greenfield recognises the importance of implementing biofuels for commercial shipping in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plans to play an important role in helping the maritime transportation industry reach its sustainability goals.”

Commercial shipping carries more than 80% of the world’s goods and accounts for about 3% of global GHG emissions. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set a goal to cut GHG emissions related to commercial shipping in half by 2050.

In recent years, the Port of Montreal has rolled out over 20 shore power connection points where wintering and cruise ships can plug in dockside, a fleet of fully hybrid service vehicles, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling solution and next-generation low-GHG emitting locomotives.

Various initiatives have helped the MPA reduce GHG emissions specific to its own activities by 25% since 2007 and to lower the intensity of GHG emissions by 22% between 2010 and 2017 for all activities on Port territory in Montreal and Contrecœur.

Martin Imbleau, President and CEO of the MPA, said: “Developing low-carbon fuels is the way of the future for the transportation industry. The Port of Montreal wants to position itself among the forerunners and strengthen its position as a leader on the St. Lawrence in terms of sustainable development.

“Our trade objectives are integral to our sustainable development objectives, and we firmly believe that this alignment will help boost the competitiveness of the St. Lawrence.”