Mobility is one of our basic needs. And the demand for mobility is constantly growing, as the world becomes increasingly flexible. As a learning instrument, the Federal Government’s Mobility and Fuel Strategy (MFS) highlights ways of meeting the growing demand in an environmentally friendly manner with new drive and fuel options and implementing the energy transition in mobility.
The Mobility and Fuels Strategy of the federal government (MFS, or in German MKS – Mobilitäts- und Kraftstoffstrategie) is the central platform for designing the energy transition in transport, created to achieve energy and climate protection policy goals. The NOW is tasked with accompanying the BMVI in further developing the MFS as well as the specific funding measures of its implementation, including the funding programme for the equipping and retrofitting of sea vessels for the use of LNG as a marine fuel LINK? and to fund pilot projects.
NOW has already supported the BMVI in implementing the 2014/94/EU directive (Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive – AFID) and in international cooperation issues in the area of alternative fuels and drives. In this respect the National Strategic Framework was created as the incarnation of German AFID implementation in 2016. Within it the state of play, goals and measures for the development of electricity, hydrogen and natural gas in transport are outlined. Support for the BMVI in further implementing the AFID as well as in the area of international cooperation will continue.
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is funding the equipping and retrofitting of seagoing vessels to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. The goal of the funding programme is to promote the use of LNG in German maritime transport. Funding is made available from the Mobility and Fuels Strategy.
As a marine fuel, LNG contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions. As opposed to conventional, oil-based marine fuels, LNG produces zero sulphur oxide emissions (SOx). Nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) are reduced by up to 90 per cent, and particle emissions by approximately 98 per cent compared to conventional fuels. The guideline on grants for equipping and retrofitting seagoing vessels for the use of LNG as a marine fuel from 17 August 2017 advances the adoption of liquefied gas (LNG) in German maritime transport. The aim of the guideline is to increase demand for LNG as a marine fuel in Germany, and thus provide incentives for building the requisite LNG supply infrastructure in ports.
Project proposals can be submitted on each current call for proposals under the guideline. Funding will be granted in the form of non-repayable subsidies for the partial financing of extra investment costs involved in equipping and retrofitting of seagoing vessels for LNG operation. The target of the aid is either the equipping of newly-constructed ships or the retrofitting of existing seagoing ships for the use of LNG as a marine fuel either in pure gas or in so-called dual-fuel operation for the main drive. If the equipping or retrofitting for the main drive is funded, equipping or retrofitting auxiliary machinery for LNG operation also qualifies for funding. Companies owning a ship or planning a new ship build, as well as public sector entities and institutions are eligible to apply. Details can be found in the guideline as well as the in the relevant current funding call.
With immediate effect, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is funding both environmentally friendly on-board power systems of sea-going and inland vessels and mobile shore power systems (containerised, rolling or floating) in sea and inland ports with investment grants.
The support programme for the market activation of alternative technologies for the environmentally friendly on-board and mobile shore power supply of seagoing and inland vessels (BordstromTech) is intended to boost investment in alternative technologies for the environmentally friendly on-board and mobile shore power supply and thus reduce pollution from ship emissions in German seaports and inland ports.
The BordstromTech support programme provides investment grants for the upgrading of sea-going and inland vessels for shore power use, for the generation of on-board electricity from alternative energy sources or for the procurement of mobile shore power systems in sea and inland ports. Both private and public law beneficiaries in the field of shipping and port management are eligible. Applications can be submitted from now until 30 September 2022.
With the help of this BMVI support programme, environmentally friendly on-board electricity will be offered competitively and the way will be paved for alternative technologies for the on-board power supply of ships to enter the market. The budget funds for technology funding come from the Federal Government’s Mobility and Fuel Strategy (MKS).
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