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  • Writer's pictureEthan Fulton

New podcast: The roadmap for greening transportation through alternative fuels

Net Zero cannot happen without a significant reformation in the transportation sector, which is currently responsible for 22% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In the latest episode of the Future Energy Insights podcast, sponsored by the World Future Energy Summit, key figures from the transport and mobility sectors shared their insights on strategies for decarbonization.

Zest Associates Managing Director Jeffrey Beyer moderated this episode, and was joined by:

  1. Maryam Ali AlBalooshi, Environmental Manager at the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority

  2. Yousif Lootah, the founder and CEO of Lootah Biofuels

  3. Vimbai Midzi, a specialist in Social Environmental Impact and Corporate Affairs at Careem

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The panel discussed the Dubai Global Framework for Aviation Fuel, which aims for net-zero emissions within the aviation sector by 2050. The emirate's ambitious plan involves establishing an Aviation Environment Working Group and a Sustainable Aviation Fuel Committee, positioning it as a leader in sustainable aviation.

Speakers delved into innovative green transportation solutions including:

  1. Sustainable marine fuels: Smaller vessels can run on battery or fuel cell solutions, while the broader sector shifts towards biofuels.

  2. Low-carbon fuel for rail transport: Passenger and freight rail can be converted to run on hydrogen and batter technology.

  3. Electric vehicles: Spurred by investment and incentives, EVs are the way forward for the private car market.

Careem's Midzi discussed the transformation of companies into institutions that balance speed and responsibility, with an eye on the social impacts of new technologies like electric vehicles.

Globally, sustainable fuel momentum is growing. Virgin Atlantic recently flew the world's first 100% SAF flight. Malaysia's TNB, its largest utility company, aims to electrify 30% of its operational fleet by 2030.

The conversation around sustainable mobility and transport ultimately highlights an exciting set of opportunities while highlighting the need for innovation, collaboration and responsible action in transforming these crucial sectors.


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