Sustainability News

Volvo Penta | Easy Street

Volvo Penta sees its Easy Boating initiative, in combination with its focus on sustainability, as an unbeatable platform for converting today’s first-time buyers into life-long customers. While it seems like every inboard engine manufacturer is working harder than ever these days and pushing the boundaries of what they do, perhaps none have been more energetic about it than Volvo Penta.

Biofuels Claim Biggest Greenhouse Gas Cut in California

Biofuels for combustion engines are being credited for the bulk of the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in California. Data from the California Air Resources Board suggests biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel are the biggest carbon cutting technologies from the transportation sector, edging out ethanol and exceeding the benefits of electrified cars, trucks and buses by a factor of three-to-one, claims diesel technology lobby group the Diesel Technology Forum. The data also indicates that the availability of low carbon biobased diesel fuel is expanding growing from about 16M gallons in 2011 to nearly 1Bn gallons in 2020.

Japanese engine manufacturers collaborate to develop hydrogen technology

Yanmar Power Technology Co Ltd, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd and Japan Engine Corporation (JEC) have formed a consortium to enable the joint development of hydrogen-fuelled marine engines with the goal of bringing product to market by 2025.

Watershed Innovation adds support for hydrogen fuel cell

Watershed Innovation, Correct Craft’s innovation company, added its support to Zero Emission Industries’ (ZEI) project to build a hydrogen fuel cell-powered boat. The boat’s scalable powertrain can be integrated into a variety of use cases including, but not limited to, the recreational market. Zero Emission Industries, a world-renowned expert in applying hydrogen fuel cell technology to marine applications, received a $2 Million grant from California Energy Commission to fund this project. Watershed Innovation will provide the vessel.

Toyota built an internal combustion engine that sips hydrogen, and it sounds awesome

Japanese auto giant Toyota is working on a new-age hydrogen vehicle. When the words Toyota and Hydrogen are in the same sentence, the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai comes to mind. Still, the Mirai is a hydrogen-electric car or FCEV (fuel-cell electric vehicle). It uses hydrogen fuel to convert electricity and power an onboard electric motor. This time, Toyota came up with something different.

Mercury Releases Sustainability Report

Mercury Marine published its 2020 Sustainability Report, which the company said highlights its Environmental, Social and Governance strategies through its efforts to increase clean manufacturing and stewardship. The downloadable report focuses on the pillars of energy, environment, products and people, and includes the collective efforts taken, including protecting the health and safety of workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fountaine Pajot becomes first yacht-builder to offer hydrogen as onboard energy option

French catamaran builder, Fountaine Pajot (FP), claims to be the first major shipyard to introduce hydrogen as an onboard energy resource, making use of the REXH2 system produced by Energy Observer Developments (EODev).

Volvo-Daimler to make hydrogen fuel cells in Europe

Sweden’s Volvo Group and Germany’s Daimler AG announced today they will start developing, producing and commercialising fuel cells in Europe by 2025 via their joint venture – ’cellcentric’ – and called for EU policies to help make zero-emission technology commercially viable. Leading competitors in large commercial vehicles, the Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG, formally launched their joint venture – cellentric – today to help meet the 2050 targets of sustainable transport and a carbon-neutral Europe. Previously announced in March, the joint venture represents an “industry-first commitment” to accelerate the use of hydrogen-based fuel cells for long-haul trucking and other applications.

Fuel Cell Cat

Fountaine Pajot, the La Rochelle, France-based builder of sailing and power catamarans, announced its first foray into alternative energy with the integration of a hydrogen power generator aboard its Samana 59 sailboat. The builder’s “Odyssea 2024” development plan matches the Samana 59 with a fuel cell system from EODev, which utilizes the same Toyota-based modules that power ongoing projects from Yanmar.


April 14, 2021 (WASHINGTON, DC) – Low-cost, low-carbon but high greenhouse gas reducing impact describes the opportunity for using biobased diesel fuel as helping achieve climate change. Biofuels are a ready solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change. The virtual session April 13, 2021 hosted by the Diesel Technology Forum is now available in a recorded version for online viewing.