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High science on the high seas

Advancing new technologies for lower-emission fuels

High science on the high seas

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Creating new fuels to help cut maritime emissions

Marine fuel used in the global shipment of goods is undergoing a tremendous change. In helping to facilitate that change, ExxonMobil has engineered breakthrough lower-emission fuels like the EMF.5 that are helping meet the International Marine Organization’s environmental standards. Longer term, we're formulating new solutions to help put the industry on a path to cut emissions from port to port now and in the future. Learn more about what we're doing to advance lower-emission marine fuels.

We are developing the lower-emission solutions that will help our customers meet the International Maritime Organization’s 2050 emissions targets.
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Helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions in shipping

ExxonMobil completed sea trials of its first marine biofuel oil, which, compared to conventional marine fuels, could lower CO2 emissions by as much 40%.*

*Benefit compared to conventional petroleum-based VLSFO, calculated on an energy basis. Well-to-wake CO2 emissions reduction calculated using Directive 2009/30/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council Annex IV C. 1 and MEPC 66/21 Annex 5”

Working to lower emissions

Creating a new marine fuel involves a commitment to fundamental science, a push for new technologies and a dedication to find new ways to cut emissions. Today, we are working with partners to help develop a new marine biofuel, an initiative that could have a lasting impact on greenhouse gas emissions.

Further reducing emissions

Global maritime trade represents 90 percent of all goods shipped — making lower-emission fuels essential in this sector.

A complete offering

We have a full suite of marine fuels and lubricants, including cylinder, hydraulic lubricants and low-sulfur bunker fuel. We have this covered from bow to stern.

Solutions for all types of vessels

Our solutions aren’t just for the deep sea. ExxonMobil provides solutions for inland and coastal shipping, as well as cruise and ferry vessels.

Refining low-sulfur fuels

Our refineries in Antwerp, Rotterdam, Singapore and other areas have the capacity to produce maritime fuel that meets today’s strictest International Marine Organization regulations.

A deeper dive

Globetrotting gearheads fueling F1

Globetrotting gearheads fueling F1

Key takeaways:

  • Fiona McEwan and Pablo Terroba are ExxonMobil racing technical advisors with the Oracle RedBull F1 racing team.
  • They monitor the ExxonMobil fuels and lubricants for wear issues, making their support key to performance.

Lower-emission transportation Article Feb. 13, 2024

Let's deliver reduced transportation emissions

Let's deliver reduced transportation emissions

Key takeaways:

  • A diverse mix of technologies is vital to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • We need policy that encourages investments in all technologies to reduce emissions.
  • Lower-emission fuels offer the potential for customers who cannot or do not want to purchase an EV to still play their part in reducing GHG emissions.

Lower-emission transportation Viewpoints Jan. 23, 2024

Lets deliver sustainable aviation fuel  with our existing infrastructure in France

Let’s deliver sustainable aviation fuel – with our existing infrastructure in France

Three key takeaways:

  • Global air travel demand is increasing.
  • Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) presents an opportunity to reduce emissions.
  • Co-processing can help accelerate the energy transition.

Lower-emission transportation Article Dec. 5, 2023

Knock on wood: turning biomass into fuel

Knock on wood: turning biomass into fuel

  • The energy transition will require multiple solutions and collaborations.
  • ExxonMobil and the National Renewable Energy lab are testing the conversion of wood waste to bio-oil.
  • This oil has the potential to be upgraded into a biofuel for the vehicles we drive today.

Technology and collaborations Article Nov. 13, 2023

Strathcona: The road to renewable fuel

Strathcona: The road to renewable fuel

Renewable fuel production is ramping up at the Strathcona refinery. With hundreds of employees and contractors, and the capacity to fill 500,000 vehicles per day, this facility could deliver more than 6 million barrels of renewable diesel per year. 

Lower-emission transportation Perspective Aug. 3, 2023

The future of lower emission transportation fuels

The future of lower emission transportation fuels

For 30 years, Russ Green has worked primarily in ExxonMobil’s fuels and lubricants businesses. Today Russ is focused on developing lower-emission fuels for the highest emitting industries. Energy Factor recently spoke with Russ about the future of transportation and innovations he’s working on to help lower emissions.

Lower-emission transportation Perspective May 13, 2022

Renewable diesel for our changing world

Renewable diesel for our changing world

Diesel plays a critical role in enabling modern life. This high-energy fuel packs the power needed for trucking, aviation and maritime transportation – which help move people around the world, and goods from manufacturing sites to our doorsteps.

Lower-emission transportation Perspective April 7, 2022

The aha moment: Sheryl Rubin-Pitel and Ken Kar

The ‘aha’ moment: Sheryl Rubin-Pitel and Ken Kar

In any scientific endeavor, coming up with the idea is just the first step in the journey to a breakthrough. The finish line of innovation requires the curiosity, patience and resolve to keep working through unexpected setbacks and technical challenges.

Lower-emission transportation Perspective Feb. 24, 2022

The aha moment: Krystal Wrigley

The ‘aha’ moment: Krystal Wrigley

In any scientific endeavor, coming up with the idea is just the first step in the journey to a breakthrough. The finish line of innovation requires the curiosity, patience and resolve to keep working through unexpected setbacks and technical challenges.

Lower-emission transportation Perspective Feb. 24, 2022

The aha moment: Meha Shah

The ‘aha’ moment: Meha Shah

In any scientific endeavor, coming up with the idea is just the first step in the journey to a breakthrough. The finish line of innovation requires the curiosity, patience and resolve to keep working through unexpected setbacks and technical challenges.

Lower-emission transportation Perspective Feb. 24, 2022

ExxonMobil expands interest in biofuels, acquires stake in Biojet AS

IRVING, Texas – ExxonMobil is expanding its interests in biofuels that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, acquiring a 49.9% stake in Biojet AS, a Norwegian biofuels company that plans to convert forestry and wood-based construction waste into lower-emissions biofuels and biofuel components.

News News releases Jan. 11, 2022

From farm leftovers to biofuel

From farm leftovers to biofuel

Imagine turning agricultural leftovers into low-emission biofuel. That is, taking plant parts like inedible cornstalks and fueling our cars, trucks, boats and planes. ExxonMobil and its partners at Clariant and Genomatica are working together as part of an ambitious research program to do just that.

Advanced biofuels Perspective Feb. 13, 2020

One-of-a-kind partners working on breakthrough innovations

One-of-a-kind partners working on breakthrough innovations

No single company, organization or institution has all the answers when it comes to developing tomorrow’s low-emission energy. That’s why global energy company ExxonMobil is partnering with a range of organizations – including a leading biotechnology company to develop next-generation biofuels and a boutique technology company looking to vacuum carbon dioxide straight from the sky.

Advanced biofuels Perspective Oct. 25, 2019

Transforming transportation

Transforming transportation

Continuing to reduce emissions today and into the future

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Lower emissions at high altitude

Lower emissions at high altitude

New solutions from takeoff to touchdown

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Heavy duty with a lighter CO2 footprint

Heavy duty with a lighter CO2 footprint

Moving the world’s goods with fewer emissions

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Hitting the road with fewer emissions

Hitting the road with fewer emissions

The innovations fueling today’s products and tomorrow’s solutions

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A new breed of racing, built on new technology

A new breed of racing, built on new technology

Fans rarely see the fluids inside a race car, but they are the hidden workhorses for race day success. Same for the engineers developing those fluids and lubes. And, activating the dynamic science behind race car performance requires the very same dedication and precision found on the racetrack itself.

Automotive Perspective