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ABS releases biofuel guidance whitepaper

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Biofuel produced from used cooking oil
ABS has published a whitepaper containing guidance on a range of drop-in biofuels and their suitability as a marine fuel.

“Sustainability Whitepaper: Biofuels as Marine Fuel” covers near-and long-term biofuel options and covers topics including well to wake carbon emissions, biofuel production methods, physical characteristics of the fuels and safety considerations involved in the use of biofuels.

“Being produced from renewable biomass, biofuels have the potential to offset the carbon emissions of a vessel due to the CO2 absorption of the feedstock, which can help counterbalance the combustion emissions. However, the total carbon reduction potential of different biofuels clearly depends on a range of factors related to their value chain. ABS is committed to ensuring owners, operators, shipbuilders and original equipment manufacturers are fully informed about its potential as they develop their decarbonization strategies,” said Georgios Plevrakis, ABS Director, Global Sustainability.

The whitepaper includes a look at vessel design considerations for biofuel use, the availability of biofuels around the world, fuel costs and vessel maintenance considerations.

Sustainability Whitepaper: Biofuels as Marine Fuel follows ABS’ publication of similar papers on Methanol as a Marine Fuel, Ammonia as a Marine Fuel and LNG as a Marine Fuel. The reports are available on the ABS website.

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