Leaders from key G20 nations, including Brazil, the United States, India, and various European countries, have come together to establish the Global Biofuels Alliance. The primary objective of this newly formed alliance is to streamline the process of reducing carbon emissions in the transportation sector. The initiative seeks to boost the incorporation of biofuels into traditional fuels and expand the utilisation of pure biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel.
The primary focus of this endeavour is to ensure that biofuel production meets the highest sustainability standards. MAHLE, a significant player in the automotive industry, promotes the integration of biofuels alongside electric vehicles and hydrogen-based fuels to expedite the decarbonisation process. Arnd Franz, CEO of MAHLE, underscored the necessity for comprehensive solutions across various markets and applications to counter the increase in atmospheric CO2 levels. He highlighted the successful market adoption of biofuels like ethanol and emphasised the importance of significantly enhancing their role in achieving climate-neutral transportation.
In close cooperation with its Tech Centers in Farmington Hills, USA, and Pune, India, MAHLE will leverage its extensive knowledge and expertise in application engineering, accumulated over over two decades of ethanol and biodiesel engine development. Everton Lopes da Silva, the head of engineering for MAHLE in Brazil, stressed the efficiency, practicality, and competitiveness of ethanol and other biofuels. He emphasised that increasing biofuel usage would accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral society, especially in regions with a robust agricultural sector.
The MAHLE Tech Center in Jundiaí, one of South America’s largest engine development centres, has dedicated resources for developing internal combustion engines, including testing with sustainable fuels. The centre also employs digitalisation, utilising virtual simulation to enhance the development of efficient and environmentally friendly engines for the future.
As an international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry, MAHLE has been at the forefront of climate-neutral mobility solutions. With a strong focus on strategic areas such as e-mobility and thermal management, as well as technology fields aimed at reducing CO2 emissions, MAHLE is dedicated to creating the vehicles of tomorrow. This includes the development of fuel cells and highly efficient, clean combustion engines capable of running on synthetic fuels or hydrogen. Today, one of every two vehicles globally is equipped with MAHLE components.
In 2022, MAHLE achieved sales of more than EUR 12 billion and operated with approximately 72,000 employees across 152 production facilities and 12 major research and development centres in 30 countries.
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