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The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has signed a cooperation and development agreement with the biofuels producer Greenfield Global which will focus on ‘green energy solutions’ – with green hydrogen, ethanol and methanol ‘at the forefront’.

The agreement was signed on 10 June and a working committee has now been set up to oversee the development and implementation of the proposed ‘new energy solutions’ for current and future MPA activities as well as those of MPA partners and the marine industry.

In a statement issued yesterday (14 June), the MPA said that agreement with Greenfield Global will build on its existing initiatives to reduce GHG emissions at the port. These include the roll-out of more than 20 shore power connection points for cruise ships, a fleet of fully hybrid service vehicles, an LNG refuelling solution and low-GHG emitting locomotives.

‘In the wake of dockside shore power implemented in 2017,’ said the MPA, ‘the development of green hydrogen will make indirect shore supply of electrical power possible for the marine industry.’

Martin Imbleau, the MPA’s President and CEO, commented: ‘Developing low-carbon fuels is the way of the future for the transportation industry. The Port of Montreal wants to position itself among the forerunners and strengthen its position as a leader on the St. Lawrence in terms of sustainable development. Our trade objectives are integral to our sustainable development objectives, and we firmly believe that this alignment will help boost the competitiveness of the St. Lawrence.’

Howard Field, Greenfield Global’s CEO, added: ‘As the leading producer of low-carbon transportation fuel in Quebec, we are excited to partner with the Port of Montreal to develop and commercialize green hydrogen and green methanol solutions for the maritime industry. Greenfield recognises the importance of implementing biofuels for commercial shipping in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plans to play an important role in helping the maritime transportation industry reach its sustainability goals.’

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