Denmark announces alliance on green fuels in India
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Denmark announces alliance on green fuels in India

The Danish government, in collaboration with A.P. Moller – Maersk and other partners, has announced the formation of the Green Fuels Alliance India (GFAI). This alliance aims to promote the production and use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in India, aligning with the country’s ambitious climate goals. 

This initiative, led by the Danish Embassy and the Consulate General of Denmark in India, is a strategic move to enhance sustainable energy solutions between the two countries. GFAI aims to foster collaboration and partnerships in the green fuels sector between Danish industries and their Indian counterparts. It seeks to create an ecosystem that encourages collaboration among businesses, government entities, research institutions, and financial stakeholders from both nations.

Founding members of the GFAI include nine prominent Danish organisations such as Maersk, Topsoe, Umwelt Energy, Mash Makes, European Sustainable Solutions, Novozymes, Danfoss, Brdr. Christensen, and Hydrogen Denmark. The alliance is underpinned by the Green Strategic Partnership (GSP) signed between India and Denmark in 2020, aiming to meet ambitious climate targets set by both countries. 

The GFAI features a steering committee and an advisory board comprising industry experts to ensure the initiatives remain innovative and aligned with industry trends. Maersk, a founding member, will have a seat on the steering committee, representing the maritime industry in discussions about green fuels.

This partnership is timely, as India is aggressively working towards carbon neutrality by 2070, while Denmark, already leading in the global Climate Performance Ranking 2024, aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. 

Maersk, a key member of the GFAI, has committed to a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2040, with significant targets set for 2030. They have introduced the world’s first dual-fuel vessel running on green methanol and plan to add the world’s largest vessel powered by green fuel to their fleet in 2024. The initiative promises to facilitate knowledge sharing, business opportunities, and strategic and financial partnerships in the field of green fuels between India and Denmark, with a strong focus on green hydrogen.