The Spanish Cepsa and Renfe together with the Danish Maersk have joined forces to carry out the first test with second generation biofuels in Spanish rail transport, as reported by the three companies. In this sense, the alliance will take place in the railway corridor that connects the route Algeciras and Madrid.
In this sense, the corridor will be lost in a decarbonised itinerary, by using renewable diesel in the non-electrified section between Algeciras-Córdoba and renewable electricity on the way to the capital. The project will start at the beginning of July and will last three months.
Representatives of the three companies have presented the project at the main logistics and transport fair in southern Europe, SIL, which is being held these days in Barcelona. To undertake this pioneering test in Spain, Cepsa will supply 160 tons of second-generation biofuel, produced at its La Rábida Energy Park (Huelva) from used cooking oils, to cover a total of five weekly round trips. .
Renewable diesel will replace conventional
In this way, renewable diesel will replace conventional diesel in the Renfe locomotives that Maersk uses to transport its customers’ goods from Algeciras to Córdoba, from where they will continue the route to Madrid in electric trains powered by renewable energy.
With this renewable diesel, almost 40,000 kilometers of the route will be covered and the emission of more than 600 tons of greenhouse gases will be avoided, estimated the companies, which highlighted that the implementation of this pilot test will allow the extraction of technical, environmental and economic data. to analyze the feasibility of using green fuels as an alternative to conventional diesel in rail transport on non-electrified lines, with the aim of offering this solution to other Maersk customers.
The managing director of the Southwest Europe region and the Maghreb area of Maersk, Emilio de la Cruz, highlighted that the Danish group, which aspires to be carbon neutral in all its operations by 2040, believes that decarbonized transport solutions ” They are not only a differentiating factor for our clients, but they are also a commitment to society”.
“Consequently, we work to offer solutions with very low greenhouse gas emissions for all our operations: for maritime vessels, for land transport and as well as for storage and distribution,” he added. For his part, the general director of Renfe Mercancías, Joaquín del Moral, said that for the operator “it is essential to explore possible alternatives to the use of fossil fuels in trains that run on non-electrified lines, which currently represent approximately 35%. of the Spanish railways”.
Meanwhile, the ‘Chief Commercial Officer’ of Cepsa’s ‘Commercial & Clean Energies’, Carlos Giner, discovered that this agreement with leading companies such as Maersk and Renfe “expands the company’s collaborative ecosystem, combining synergies to promote the energy transition and the fight against climate change”.