25 January, 2021

Options for multilateral initiatives to close the global 2030 climate ambition and action gap - Policy field synthetic e-fuels


Martin Cames, Hannes Böttcher, Ursula Fuentes Hutfilter, Ryan Wilson

Achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement requires increased global climate action, especially towards the production and use of synthetic e-fuels.

Synthetic electro fuels (e-fuels) were identified as one of the key policy areas and promising options for intergovernmental cooperation between the G20 nations.

This policy paper, produced for the German Federal Environmental Authority (Umweltbundesamt UBA), provides a comprehensive but condensed analysis of the current landscape of the promotion of synthetic e-fuels. It provides concrete policy recommendations to improve existing and develop future initiatives in the area of production and use of synthetic post-fossil fuels.

In the context of an overall decarbonisation of the energy system, the paper focuses on aviation and maritime transport and the role of green hydrogen for indirect electrification of industry sectors in addition to direct electrification.

Based on the analysis of already existing initiatives four new initiatives for the promotion of an accelerated uptake of synthetic e-fuels are suggested: a Sustainable eKerosene Alliance, a Sustainable e-fuel Alliance for Maritime Shipping, a Hard-to-Abate Sector Partnership and finally a Global supply-demand-partnership.