The US Department of Energy (DOE) will announce plans to find low-carbon alternatives to petroleum-based transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks for plastics. The initiative is set to be announced on 30 June and aims to create fuel alternatives for aviation, rail and other sources that are difficult to decarbonise. The DOE’s goal is to create fuels with greenhouse gas emissions that are at least 85% lower than fossil sources by 2035. It ultimately seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 650 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year by 2050.
The DOE’s program – called the Clean Fuels and Products Shot – will develop alternative fuels using biomass sources such as forest residues and municipal solid waste. Other options could include carbon waste, said Jay Fitzgerald, senior scientist for the DOE’s Office of Bioenergy Technologies. The program aligns with the Biden administration’s aim of making the US a net-zero emissions country by mid-century, at the latest. The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the US, with aviation, rail and shipping among the most persistent sources due to a lack of viable alternatives.
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