Rolls-Royce wants to play a leading role in enabling the sectors in which it operates to reach net zero carbon by 2050 through the development of new products and technologies.
Rolls-Royce joined the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign early 2020 and will align its business to the Paris Agreement goals, to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
Rolls-Royce has ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its operations and facilities to net zero by 2030.
Rolls-Royce is committed to sharing approaches that will drive the sustainability of aviation and reach the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) targets: reducing net CO2 emissions from aviation to 2005 levels by 2050; and limiting the growth of net CO2 emissions by 2020.
Rolls-Royce supports the Advisory Council for Aviation Research (ACARE) to reduce new aircraft CO2 emissions by 75% by 2050.
The MethQuest project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, is investigating and developing how methane and renewable energies can be efficiently generated and used in mobile applications, such as ships, or stationary applications, such as combined heat and power plants.
Under the leadership of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, a further 26 partners from research, industry and the energy sector are involved in the project.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems, with its expertise in high-speed and dynamically operable marine engines, coordinates the MethMare network, which deals with propulsion systems for ships using fuels from renewable energy sources.
A separate project MethPower, investigates new engine concepts for combined heat and power plants, which are operated with the e-fuels methane, hydrogen and methanol. The MethGrid network is investigating how heat, electricity and gas can be intelligently networked locally via microgrids.