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Freightliner strives for fossil-free by 2040

Freightliner has partnered with Zero Petroleum in a step to decarbonise freight transport.

The partnership will work towards a fossil-free locomotive operation by 2040 and overall Net Zero by 2050.

Freightliner is looking for ways to decarbonise its non-electric fleet by exploring alternatives to diesel, including Zero’s carbon-neutral synthetic diesel, manufactured in a fossil-free process using just carbon dioxide from the air and hydrogen from water.

Zero CEO Paddy Lowe said: “Steam locomotives powered the Industrial Revolution for more than a century, ushering in an era of unprecedented progress and prosperity; now, Freightliner is again revolutionising rail freight and logistics by integrating fossil free fuel into the most efficient mode of freight transportation.

“With Zero’s drop-in synthetic fuel solution, Freightliner and its customers can continue using best-in-class rail infrastructure while maximising performance and minimising emissions.

“We look forward to working with the great minds at Freightliner to shape the future of fossil-free rail.”

Freightliner has set targets for a 55% reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2033, which will require around 26 million litres of alternative fuel across its various fleets.

“Freightliner is again revolutionising rail freight and logistics by integrating fossil free fuel into the most efficient mode of freight transportation.”

Zero will support this ambition with its rapid scale-up of fuel production, which includes plans for the world’s first commercial-scale synthetic fuel facility to be built in the next two years, with production to begin in 2026.

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