4. Renewable Products We Need in the Inside Passage

Those who want to travel carbon-free by using clean fuels should easily be able to do so.  We now have the reason and the opportunity to produce waste-sourced clean fuels with very low carbon “displacements.”  Many examples exist: 

·      Biofuels from forestry and sewage wastes. Canfor is poised to build a large Renewable Diesel and Renewable Aviation fuel waste-sourced plant soon near Prince George.  And there are a large number of Canadian and some Alaska ports who are not adequately treating their sewage that is going into the IP (Inside Passage) waters.  These can and should be transformed into job-creating, clean water protecting biofuel facilities making renewable diesel.

·      Biolubricants (motor and transmission oil; miscellaneous greases and light oils) and bio-based hydraulic fluid, which are one of the very easiest and most logical way to get started with decarbonizing your own vessel.  NOAA has found that the Renewable Lubricants motor oil it has long employed stays in spec significantly longer than the petroleum-based ones traditionally used.

·      Renewable shore power charging for electric vessels – like the many electric passenger and even car ferries running throughout the world, and increasingly entering segments of the IP.  Some ports, like Port Hardy, Port McNeill are already providing renewable shorepower but do not even let their customers know this.  Why?  And Blind Channel is installing the first tidal renewable shorepower on the IP – way to go Blind Channel!

·      Hydro- or wind-generated hydrogen for the increasing number of vessels  and cars - -using this gas that is so much cleaner than natural gas.  The NOAA Green Ships Initiatives (See Resources page) believes that H2 is the most probable and economic endgame for marine propulsion.  This would mean boats that leave the water cleaner in their wake than at their bows!  Wow.