Greening the Wheels: The Global Push for Sustainable Transport
Decarbonizing the Industry: A Shared Goal
The recent Global Sustainable Transportation Summit brought into focus the pivotal role transportation plays in economic growth and enhancing the quality of life. However, the industry’s high energy consumption and significant emissions also pose a substantial challenge. The Summit aimed to promote the sustainable development of transportation through energy conservation and emission reduction initiatives.
One of the key participants at the forum, Airbus Executive Vice President Julie, stated that achieving carbon neutrality is a shared goal within the aviation industry. This ambitious objective cannot be achieved without fleet renewal, improving operational efficiency, and an energy evolution. Moreover, Airbus China CEO Xu Gang shared that Airbus Tianjin is currently using sustainable aviation fuel in test flights and has partnered with several domestic airlines to promote the use of sustainable fuel in commercial flights.
Transitioning to Low-carbon Energy
Hou Zhenxing, Deputy Director of the Comprehensive Planning Department of the Ministry of Transport, shared during the forum that the transportation industry’s energy consumption structure is transitioning towards low-carbon sources. New energy applications within transportation infrastructure will be further released, and the application speed of new energy in vehicles is expected to increase.
Green and Digital Travel: The Emerging Trend
The forum also shed light on the growing trend of green and digital travel. Liu Yang, the Vice General Manager of Didi Qingju, mentioned that compared to traditional shared bicycles, shared electric bicycles have broader application scenarios. They can easily facilitate medium and short-distance commuting, positioning them as a new business growth point for the company.
Railways: A Sustainable Option
Railways, with their large capacity, wide coverage, and energy-saving and environmental protection advantages, present a sustainable alternative to other modes of transportation. In China, the electrification rate of railways nationwide reached 73.8% by the end of 2022, ranking first globally. This represents a significant step towards the promotion of electrification within the railway industry.
Introducing Methanol: A New Clean Fuel for Ships
The China Ship Fuel Limited Liability Company, during the forum, released the “Water Addition Procedure for Methanol Fuel for Ships” and the group standard for “Methanol Fuel for Ships”. These steps will lay the foundation for the addition and promotion of methanol, a new type of clean fuel for ships.
Sustainable Development of Transportation: A Priority
The Ministry of Transport plans to intensify pollution prevention and ecological environment protection within transportation. This includes promoting the application of new energy and clean vehicles and ships, fostering green and low-carbon transformation of transportation, and achieving sustainable development of transportation.
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