Another key pillar of decarbonization of the global energy system is based on sustainable fuels. For instance, biofuels reduce CO2 emissions by at least 50% compared to their equivalent fossil fuels. Low‐emissions fuels are essential where energy needs cannot easily or economically be met by electricity.
The family of sustainable fuels is broad and includes biofuels, synthetic fuels, e-fuels or hydrogen depending on the raw materials and renewable energy used in the process. There is a growing demand for sustainable fuels in Europe. It is expected that biofuels and e-fuels will need to take on a larger role in the future.
Hydrogen can be foreseen as an alternative fuel in the future, practically all modes of transport (by cars, trucks, maritime, rail and aviation) could potentially run on hydrogen based fuels.
The goal of achieving carbon neutrality also named net zero emissions by 2050 entails more than largescale deployment of proven technologies, it also requires technological game changers and the development of completely new industrial value chains in the domain of sustainable fuels. Moreover, territorial production with a change of scale on smaller facilities or infrastructures is also part of the equation.
This new call for solutions is therefore open to all start-ups likely to provide innovative solutions or game changer technologies that allow products, tools, processes and services in the domain of :