MI Press Releases

Methanol Institute Appoints Alexander Döll as Chief Operating Officer

May 28, 2024

The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Alexander Döll as its new Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

He will take on his global position from MI’s Brussels office, with his onboarding commencing in Washington DC. Alexander will draw on his extensive background experience in the chemical industry and the energy transition, having previously held leadership positions at OCI Global, Dow and Hill & Knowlton.

Methanol Institute and Aramco Release Report on the Potential of Low-Carbon E-Fuels in China

May 21, 2024

The Methanol Institute and Aramco are pleased to announce their joint report, showcasing the decarbonization potential of low-carbon e-fuels in China’s road transport sector and supported by member companies, including Geely Holding Group and OCI Global.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes StormFisher as a new Member Company

April 22, 2024

The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome StormFisher Hydrogen Ltd. as our newest member. StormFisher Hydrogen Ltd. develops, owns, and operates electrolysis-based clean fuel production facilities in North America. With its track record in developing and operating clean fuel facilities, StormFisher serves its customers with a sustainable and reliable fuel supply, to meet the needs of traditionally hard to decarbonize sectors.

Methanol Institute and SEA-LNG Unite Against EU Trade Barriers to Biomethane and Biomethanol Fuels

April 17, 2024

The Methanol Institute (MI) and SEA-LNG, key representatives of the methanol and liquefied natural gas (LNG) industries respectively, express their deep concerns following the recent announcement by the European Commission impacting the trade of biomethane and biomethane-based biofuels such as biomethanol.

Methanol Institute Releases 2024 Edition of Methanol Milestones

April 16, 2024

2023 was an extraordinary year as the methanol industry moved to seize the unique opportunity presented by methanol’s rise to prominence as a preferred marine fuel of the future. One of the highlights at the start of 2024 was the proclamation by Riviera Maritime Media that “Methanol as a marine fuel emerged as the biggest story of 2023.” This sentiment is borne out by the numbers, with well over 260 methanol newbuild vessels on order from the world’s shipyards, and methanol further solidifying its place as a mainstream fuel option with vessel orders surpassing those of LNG for 2023.

Global Low Carbon Methanol Supply Rapidly Expanding

February 26, 2024

The Methanol Institute (MI) has partnered with Finland’s GENA Solutions Oy on the development of a robust database of biomethanol and e-methanol projects. The database identifies 131 methanol production projects globally, with total projected capacity rapidly expanding to 19.5 million metric tons (6.5 billion gallons/24.6 billion liters) by 2028.

Methanol Institute reaction to the ITRE Committee vote of the European Parliament on the Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA)

November 8, 2023

The European Union’s Net-Zero Industry Act (NZIA) seeks to fortify the manufacturing capacities of climate-friendly technologies, with the methanol industry set to directly benefit from this initiative. The NZIA aims to expedite the adoption of green technologies through streamlined bureaucratic processes, including shortened approval procedures, which are anticipated to accelerate the deployment of these technologies significantly.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes Cargill Ocean Transportation

November 6, 2023

The Methanol Institute is pleased to welcome Cargill Ocean Transportation as our newest member. Cargill Ocean Transportation is a leading freight-trading organization that charters around 650 vessels worldwide at any one time.

MI Welcomes Oberon Fuels as our Newest Member

October 26, 2023

MI is pleased to welcome Oberon Fuels as our newest member. California-based Oberon Fuels is on a mission to decarbonize the fuel and energy sectors through the commercialization of low-carbon fuels. The company’s proprietary process converts organic wastes into renewable methanol, DME and hydrogen to meet market demands.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes Royal Caribbean Group

October 11, 2023

MI is pleased to welcome Royal Caribbean Group as our newest member. Royal Caribbean Group is one of the leading cruise companies in the world, with a global fleet of 64 ships traveling to approximately 1,000 destinations around the world. Royal Caribbean Group is the owner and operator of three award-winning cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Silversea Cruises, and it is also a 50% owner of a joint venture that operates TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

The Methanol Institute calls on the EU to provide a clear definition of "Sustainable Alternative Fuel"

October 6, 2023

MI, in collaboration with industry leaders including CEWEP, eFuel Alliance, Eurogas, ESWET, Fertilizers Europe and FuelsEurope, has taken a significant step towards advancing sustainability in European industry. The coalition has jointly sent a letter to the European Commission, Council of the EU, and European Parliament calling for the definition of Sustainable Alternative Fuels within the Net Zero Industry Act to be recognized as “Strategic Net Zero Technology.”

The Methanol Institute Welcomes Kjeld Aabo as a Senior Advisor on Marine Affairs

September 20, 2023

MI is pleased to welcome Kjeld Aabo to the association as a Senior Advisor. In his 40-year career at MAN Energy Solutions, Aabo held a variety of positions, including as Head of the MAN Research Center in Copenhagen, and most recently as Director of New Technology Promotion for 2 Stroke Engines. Kjeld has an extensive wealth of knowledge of the marine industry and played a leading role in the development of MAN’s 2-stroke methanol engine offerings. As of September 2023, over 150 of these engines are in MAN’s orderbook.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Linde as a New Member

September 18, 2023

The Methanol Institute is pleased to welcome Linde as our newest member. Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2022 sales of $33 billion. The company serves a variety of end markets such as chemicals & energy, food & beverage, electronics, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and mining.

Methanol Institute (MI) calls for a technologically neutral approach to the EU's Net-Zero Industry Act

September 13, 2023

The Methanol Institute, the trade association for the global methanol industry, today published a position paper to support the European Union’s ambition to achieve carbon neutrality in the industry through the Net-Zero Industry Act (NZIA).

MI Welcomes Madoqua Renewables as our Newest Member

August 2, 2023

The Methanol Institute is pleased to welcome Madoqua Renewables (Madoqua) as our newest member. Madoqua is currently developing a world-scale e-methanol project, located in Maceira, Portugal. The project Madoqua Synfuels aims to decarbonize the end-use and maritime industry by supplying more than 260,000 tons of e-Methanol per year to ports across Portugal.


July 24, 2023

The accelerating pace of the energy transition in shipping makes it essential that the industry provides support to the people who are part of this journey.

Training remains a key priority for IBIA as we move into a greener and more sustainable future addressing the needs of future manpower training and the future-proofing of the existing workforce. To further the cause of a skilled and competent bunker workforce.

Methanol Institute Welcomes PuriFire Labs as Association's Newest Member

July 6, 2023

The Methanol Institute is pleased to welcome PuriFire Labs as our newest member. PuriFire is pioneering carbon-neutral methanol production to decarbonise the global shipping, power generation and chemical industries.

PuriFire provides a unique pathway to carbon-neutral methanol by combining its patented carbon capture and hydrothermal gasification technologies to generate carbon-neutral methanol in proprietary high-pressure reactors. This novel methanol process eliminates the utilisation of expensive electrolysers and compressors, reducing the total cost of production.

New Crew Training Package Supports Safe Adoption of Methanol as Marine Fuel

June 28, 2023

The Methanol Institute has welcomed multi-disciplinary methanol consultancy GREEN MARINE as its latest member.

The Denmark-headquartered company has recently finalised a specialist training programme for crews onboard Methanol dual-fuel vessels, supplementing baseline regulatory training requirements with practical, experience-based learning.

Methanol Institute Publishes First Complete Guide to Methanol as a Marine Fuel

May 30, 2023

The Methanol Institute has published the first comprehensive guide to methanol as a marine fuel. As the shipping industry continues its transition towards net carbon-neutral operations, owners are increasingly choosing methanol as a fuel that can help them progressively reduce emissions in line with regulatory targets.

Methanol Institute (MI) China WeChat Account Officially Launched

May 30, 2023

Today, the Methanol Institute (Singapore) Beijing Representative Office launched its official WeChat account in China (in Chinese: 全球甲醇行业协会北京代表处).

This marks an important step after MI’s BJ office became officially registered as an NGO in 2022, marking the full functioning of the office under China’s Overseas NGO Law.

Methanol Institute Welcomes PMW Technology as a New Member

May 10, 2023

MI is pleased to welcome PMW Technology as our newest member. PMW Technology are the inventers and owners of a patented cryogenic carbon capture technology called A3C. The technology is able to capture up to 99% of CO2 from exhaust gases producing high-purity liquid CO2 directly from the process without a need for further treatment. This means that the captured CO2 is directly available for use in other industrial processes such as the production of e-methanol.

Methanol Institute Releases 2023 Edition of Methanol Milestones

March 29, 2023

2022 was an extraordinary year, as the Covid pandemic finally began to recede, and the methanol industry moved to seize the unique opportunity presented by methanol’s rise to prominence as a preferred marine fuel of the future. One of the highlights thus far at the start of 2023 was an article headline in the Wall Street Journal, which proclaimed, “Methanol Takes Lead in Shipping’s Quest for Green Fuel,” this further supports the lobbying efforts the Methanol Institute has been pursuing for the last 8 years to educate the shipping industry of methanol’s use as a marine fuel.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Ørsted as a New Member

March 21, 2023

MI is pleased to welcome Ørsted as our newest member. Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, renewable hydrogen and green fuels facilities, and bioenergy plants. Headquartered in Denmark, and with a global presence across Northern Europe, North America, and APAC, Ørsted employs approximately 8,000 people.

MI Welcomes New Member Company Carbon-Neutral Consulting

February 22, 2023

The Methanol Institute is pleased to welcome Carbon-Neutral Consulting LLC (CNC) as the association’s newest member company. CNC provides business strategy counsel to companies faced with opportunities and challenges related to the energy transition.

CNC grew out of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Simple Molecules Program, which undertook pioneering work in the early 2010s that focused on methanol, dimethyl ether, and ammonia as climate-friendly hydrogen carriers.

Joint Investment in Methanol Conversion Kits for Diesel Engines Paves the Way for Fossil Free Shipping

February 20, 2023

Marine design and engine developer ScandiNAOS AB, Chalmers University of Technology and the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) have launched a project to develop dual-fuel kits for conversion of new and existing diesel engines to methanol operation.

The methanol dual-fuel kit is unique since it will be generic and possible to fit to a large range of existing diesel engines of different brands. The kit will target engines up to 1000 kW and will accelerate the transition to low emission fuel and sustainable operations for marine and industrial applications.

Europe’s Shipping Sector Needs Certainty to Plan for Renewables Transition

January 25, 2023

Leading companies from across Europe’s fuel production chain have joined with NGOs to press the European Union’s legislators to provide the clarity and certainty they need to make long term investments in the renewable fuels required for the clean energy transition.

In a letter to the EU Council, Parliament and Commission, 47 entities, representing the entire value chain of green fuels including suppliers, users and maritime technology providers, have called for the maintenance of the proposed 2% sub quota of renewable fuels of non biological origin with the final text of FuelEU Maritime and its application to all shipping companies.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Rafik Ammar as Manager of Government & Public Affairs Europe

October 17, 2022

The Methanol Institute has appointed Rafik Ammar as Manager of Government and Public Affairs Europe, serving in the Brussels office for the methanol industry’s global trade association. In his role for MI, Mr. Ammar will apply his expertise in the European legislative process to support the association’s government relations strategy in Europe, leading stakeholder engagements to effectively share the perspectives of the methanol sector with policymakers.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes European Energy as a New Member

October 10, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome European Energy as our newest member. European Energy develops, finances, constructs and operates wind and solar farms as well as large-scale Power-to-X (PtX) plants. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the company has a strong track record of developing projects in 26 countries. Founded in 2004, European Energy has a development pipeline of more than 40 GW of renewable energy projects and is currently constructing more than 1 GW of new energy capacity annually.

Methanol Institute Sees Renewable Methanol Production Growth

October 5, 2022

MI has released an interactive map on its website (www.methanol.org/renewable/) tracking more than 80 renewable methanol projects around the globe that are projected to produce more than eight million metric tons (2.7 billion gallons or 10 billion liters) per year of e-methanol and bio-methanol by 2027. Curated by the MI team based on publicly announced projects, the database provides a novel look at the anticipated growth of renewable methanol production.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings as a New Member

September 12, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (Norwegian) as our newest member. Norwegian is a leading global cruise company that operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. The company has a combined fleet of 29 ships that offer itineraries to approximately 500 destinations worldwide and a robust pipeline of eight additional ships on order through 2027.

Methanol Takes Another Step Forward as China Shipping Giants Opt for Methanol

September 5, 2022

MI has welcomed comments made by the chairmen of China Merchants Energy Shipping and COSCO Shipping Bulk, that the two companies will focus on Methanol marine fuel as their primary area of research in the future.

CMES chairman Xie Chunlin and Gu Jinsong, Chairman of COSCO Shipping Bulk made the comments in a meeting held in late August, during which the two reviewed the co-operation between their companies and exchanged views on the shipping industry’s low-carbon transformation.

Methanol Institute Appoints Matthías Ólafsson as Chief EU Representative

July 25, 2022

MI announced that Matthías Ólafsson has been appointed Chief EU Representative of the trade association effective immediately. In his new role, Mr. Ólafsson will provide strategic vision and functional expertise in overseeing MI’s government and public affairs in Europe. He will lead stakeholder relations and the association’s undertaking to represent a strong voice for the methanol sector among policymakers in Brussels. Matthías succeeds Eelco Dekker who had served as MI’s Chief EU Representative since 2014.

Methanol Institute Debuts Video on FASTWATER Pilot Boat Project

July 13, 2022

The Methanol Institute (MI) and FASTWATER have released a video highlighting the benefits of Methanol as a marine fuel for small craft operating in ports and inshore waters. The film highlights the launch in late 2021 of the first pilot boat operated by the Swedish Maritime Administration converted to run on methanol by the FASTWATER consortium. The conversion is the first of a potential fleet conversion by the SMA, adopting Methanol to lower pollution and cut carbon emissions.

Methanol Institute, TERI, and IIT Kanpur Ink MOU to Promote Domestic Solutions for Driving the Methanol Economy in India

July 11, 2022

MI, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly drive the use of methanol as an alternative fuel for different applications and promote sustainable pathways of methanol production in India. Methanol, which has been on the government’s agenda since 2016, is a strategic product that presents an opportunity for India to achieve the 2070 net-zero vision and ensure energy security.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes Alfa Laval as a new Member

May 5, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Alfa Laval as a new member of the association. Headquartered in Sweden, Alfa Laval has been supplying equipment and services to the marine industry for over a century and is active in the areas of Energy, Marine, and Food & Water, offering its expertise, products, and service to a wide range of industries in some 100 countries. The company is committed to optimizing processes, creating responsible growth, and driving progress – always going the extra mile to support customers in achieving their business goals and sustainability targets.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Air Company as our Newest Member

May 3, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Air Company as our newest member. Air Company is a carbon technology company based in New York that ideates and creates products for the future. Launched in 2019, they have invented a scalable Carbon Conversion Reactor that runs on 100% renewable energy to convert captured carbon dioxide (CO2) into impurity-free, carbon-negative alcohols, with oxygen and water as the only byproducts. The technology mimics photosynthesis in a more efficient manner and only requires three inputs; air (CO2), water, and sun (renewable energy).

Methanol Institute Welcomes ControlRooms as Association's Newest Member

April 12, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome ControlRooms as our newest member company. ControlRooms is the AI-powered monitoring and collaboration tool for critical infrastructure. Its SaaS application is used by chemical plants to reduce unplanned outages by monitoring plant operations in real-time and facilitating troubleshooting among operations, engineering, reliability, security and business teams.

MI Welcomes Aker Clean Hydrogen as New Member

April 06, 2022

The Methanol Institute is pleased to welcome Aker Clean Hydrogen as our newest member company. Based in Norway, Aker Clean Hydrogen develops, builds, owns, and operates clean hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol facilities globally to solve industrial climate challenges within hard-to-abate sectors. Aker Clean Hydrogen’s industrial target is to reach 5 GW net installed capacity by the end of this decade.

MI Organizes Webinar on Methanol’s Role in the Indian Energy Landscape

March 29, 2022

The Methanol Institute is hosting a webinar titled Methanol’s role in India’s Energy Mix on April 12, 2022 at 1400 hrs (IST). The webinar will feature speakers from NITI Aayog-Government of India, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and Argus Media who will discuss the policy initiatives, opportunities for the methanol industry, and the potential role of methanol in the country’s energy transition and ensuring energy security.

Methanol Institute Elects New Board Chair From Proman

March 24, 2022

During a virtual meeting held today, the Methanol Institute’s Board of Directors elected Anita Gajadhar, Managing Director Marketing and Logistics for Proman, as their new Board Chair. Ms. Gajadhar takes over the Board Chair role from Kevin Struve of OCI N.V., who served as MI Board Chair for the past three years.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes Glocal Green as Association's Newest Member

March 21, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Glocal Green as our newest member company. Norway’s Glocal Green produces bio-e-methanol by utilizing residual raw materials such as logging residues and/or other industrial waste not good enough to be used in commercial products. Glocal Green’s first concept phase will concentrate on tops, branches, and other residues from logging, sawmill waste, demolition wood and, eventually, fish-farming sludge, agricultural waste, and other biomass which would otherwise be discarded or left to rot.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Silent-Power AG as Association's Newest Member Company

March 14, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Silent- Power AG as a new member to the association. Silent-Power is an innovative Swiss SMC focusing on the introduction of a CO2 neutral energy economy based on emission-free green or synthetic Methanol.
Silent-Power develops power plants, outdoor heaters, and mobile energy solutions, as well as further innovative machines operating on synthetic methanol.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes SunHydro as our Newest Member

March 9, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome SunHydro, Inc. as our newest member company. SunHydro is a global leader in providing methanol-based hydrogen energy solutions, including hydrogen gas provisioning and hydrogen-electricity power facilities. SunHydro’s products range from HRS-in-a-container supported by methanol-reforming, methanol/hydrogen power station/mini-grid, exchangeable-canister-type hydrogen vehicles with 2- 3- 4- wheelers supported by methanol-reforming hydrogen refilling system, etc.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes TotalEnergies Marine Fuels as Association's Newest Member

March 1, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome TotalEnergies Marine Fuels as our newest member company. TotalEnergies Marine Fuels is global, multi-energy company TotalEnergies’ dedicated business unit in charge of worldwide bunkering activities.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes Evos as the Association's Newest Member

February 14, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Evos as the association’s newest member company. Evos is a European tank storage platform, featuring 6.3 million cubic meters of storage capacity divided over 8 terminals in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Terneuzen, Ghent, Hamburg, Algeciras and Malta.

Methanol Institute to Host Webinar on Methanol and Maritime Policy Under EU's Fit for 55 Package

January 26, 2022

The Methanol Institute is hosting a webinar titled: Full Steam Ahead: Methanol and Maritime Policy Under EU’s Fit for 55″ on February 15, 2022, 1400 HRS (CEST). The webinar will feature speakers from global shipping company Mærsk, methanol producer Proman, and the European Parliament. They will share their vision on the regulatory landscape taking shape for alternative marine fuels in Europe and the potential role of methanol in the energy transition of European shipping.

Methanol Institute Releases Fit for 55 Position Paper

January 20, 2022

In December 2015, policymakers from 175 countries came together in Paris to negotiate a historic treaty that set up a global framework to avoid climate change and limit global warming to 1.5°C. The Paris Agreement is the first universal, legally binding global climate change agreement. Although the EU has taken its commitment seriously, cutting GHG emissions by 23% compared to 1990 levels by 2018, EU policymakers sought to move further, towards carbon neutrality, and to transform the EU into a sustainable and yet competitive economy.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes Vertoro as a New Member

January 12, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Vertoro as the association’s newest member company. Vertoro produce a sustainable methanol drop-in fuel and chemical building block from agricultural and forestry residues which is branded Goldilocks®.

The Journey to Decarbonization: Closing the Gap Between Talk and Action

December 2021

The EU’s Fit for 55 agenda can be an opportunity for progress on shipping emissions and the catalyst for greater availability of alternative marine fuels – but the EU must support the industry during the transition, writes Matthias Ólafsson of The Methanol Institute.

Methanol Institute to Host November 18 Webinar - Fit for 55: Power-to-X in Europe's Energy Transition

November 3, 2021

The Methanol Institute is hosting a webinar titled Fit for 55: Power-to-X in Europe´s Energy Transition. The webinar will feature speakers from the eFuel Alliance, Liquid Wind, and CEFIC. They will elaborate on the implications of the Fit for 55 package for the production of fuels and chemicals sourced from renewable electricity (RFNBOs) and their allotted role in the energy transition of industry and mobility.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Danaos Shipping as a New Member

November 15, 2021

MI is pleased to welcome Danaos Shipping as the association’s newest member company. Danaos is an international provider of seaborne transportation services and one of the world’s leading providers of containership operations.

Liquid Sunshine Methanol-to-Hydrogen Station Opened to Support Beijing Winter Olympics

October 28, 2021

October 21st, the Liquid Sunshine Hydrogen Station demonstration was launched in China’s Zhang Jia Kou City, which is set to host the Winter Olympics in 2022. Led by Academician Li Can from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the liquid sunshine hydrogen station was jointly developed by Zhang Jia Gang Institute of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), CAS, and China International Marine Containers (CIMC) Enric. The station uses liquid sunshine methanol to produce hydrogen with a capacity of 50-100 kg/day along with CO2 recovery. The hydrogen produced at the station from liquid sunshine methanol will be used to support fuel cell vehicles operating during the Beijing Winter Olympics

Methanol Institute Welcomes ABEL Energy as our Newest Member Company

November 1, 2021

MI is pleased to welcome ABEL Energy as our newest member company. ABEL Energy is proposing to build and operate a series of green hydrogen and methanol projects throughout Australia, using the country’s abundant solar and wind energy resources. When carbon is required as an input, ABEL Energy will use CO2 extracted directly or indirectly from the air, not carbon from the ground.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Kaizen Clean Energy as Newest Member

October 21, 2021

MI is pleased to welcome Kaizen Clean Energy (KCE) as the association’s newest member company. KCE is a future fuels-focused company, headquartered in Houston, TX, specializing in the design, development, and manufacture of hydrogen generators for decentralized power in transportation, power, agricultural, EV charging, municipalities, and hydrogen markets.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Casale as our Newest Member

October 28, 2021

MI is pleased to welcome Casale SA as the association’s newest member company. Casale is a global provider of integrated solutions for the production of fertilizers, methanol and other base chemicals. The company, established in 1921, is a privately-owned Swiss company, with headquarters in Lugano (Switzerland).

Methanol Institute: EU’s Fit for 55 Agenda is an Opportunity for Progress on Shipping Emissions

October 18, 2021

Methanol Institute has welcomed the European Union’s package of proposals known as Fit for 55 as an opportunity to advance the availability of alternative fuels for shipping. But MI has urged the Commission to consider how best to support the industry on the journey towards the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

Methanol Institute launches India Methanol Economy Coalition (IMEC) with a white paper on methanol as a hydrogen carrier

October 19, 2021

MI recently launched the India Methanol Economy Coalition (IMEC), a first-of-its-kind coalition in India to promote the adoption of methanol as an energy product in India. IMEC brings together diverse stakeholders around a common goal of augmenting the methanol economy.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Greenfield Global as our Newest Member

September 28, 2021

The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome Greenfield Global as the association’s newest member company. Greenfield provides high-value, mission-critical raw materials, ingredients and additives that are vital to businesses, improve people’s lives and preserve the health of the planet.

Methanol Institute Position on Energy Taxation Directive Revision

October 11, 2021

Methanol Institute expresses the association’s full support for the European Commission’s proposed revision of the Energy Taxation Directive under the Fit for 55 packages. The central feature of the revision introduced in July is the restructuring of EU taxation of fuels to reflect actual energy content and environmental performance, rather than volumetric weight.

Methanol Institute Welcomes RusChem Management as our Newest Member

September 1, 2021

MI is pleased to welcome RusChem Management as the association’s newest member company. RusChem is developing a methanol and natural gas refining complex in Russia to be put into operation by 2026 in the Nenets Autonomous Region (NAO) on the Barents Sea coast.

Methanol Institute Welcomes WasteFuel as our Newest Member

September 21, 2021

The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome WasteFuel as the association’s newest member company. WasteFuel is revolutionizing mobility and addressing the climate emergency by transforming waste into sustainable fuels using proven technologies. WasteFuel uses scalable technologies to convert municipal waste (trash) and agricultural waste into low-carbon fuels, renewable natural gas, and green methanol.

MSC Group and Oldendorff Carriers join the Methanol Institute

July 20, 2021

The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome MSC Group and Oldendorff Carriers as the association’s newest members. The two companies – both highly respected leaders in their respective shipping markets – join a community dedicated to knowledge sharing and experience building in the use of Methanol as a safe, future-proof fuel.

Well-to-wake Accounting of GHG Emissions Must be Priority for Maritime Policy-Makers

August 25, 2021

Methanol Institute sets out policy position ahead of autumn environmental meetings that will set direction for sustainable marine fuels


June 8, 2021
ThThe Methanol Institute (MI) is hosting a webinar titled Methanol as a Diesel Substitute on June 22, 2021, 0900 HRS (ET). The webinar will feature speakers from ClearFlame Engine Technologies, DOR Motors, and FUELSAVE, who will present about how methanol is increasingly becoming a diesel substitute. Register now for this FREE webinar.


April 13, 2021
The 2021 edition of Milestones details both MI and the industry’s activities over the course of 2020, a year that was anything but normal. The COVID-19 pandemic drove economies to shut down, halted global travel, led an oil price collapse, and much more. For the Methanol Institute, 2020 brought both great challenges and exciting opportunities. MI worked hard to pivot our activities to maintain momentum and best position the industry for post COVID expansion. As we have sought new opportunities, funding for conferences, events, and pilot projects has moved to tabletop studies, consultant activities, and a strong push to increase our digital presence.

2021 milestones full cover


March 16, 2021
The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome Liquid Wind as our newest member company. Liquid Wind is a Power-to-Fuel Company committed to significantly reducing carbon emissions from shipping and transportation. Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, the company develops, finances, builds and manages facilities to produce renewable methanol. Each facility will combine captured biogenic carbon dioxide with renewable electricity in the form of hydrogen, to produce liquid, carbon neutral fuel. Liquid Wind has a strong Consortium, including Siemens Energy, Haldor Topsoe and Carbon Clean. The close collaboration and integration of leading technology will ensure production of cost-effective renewable methanol.


February 19, 2021
The Methanol Institute is pleased to welcome Clean Energy Resources LLC (“CER”), as our newest member company. CER is a leader in applying circular economy principles, including large-scale carbon capture and refinery waste recycling to the hydrocarbon industry. It is currently developing the Lake Charles Methanol project near Lake Charles, Louisiana, which will be the world’s largest industrial carbon capture facility with a capacity of 4 million tons of methanol per year. Methanol is a clean burning fuel with uses in transportation, heating and downstream petrochemical industries. This is the first in a series of CER projects which produce zero-carbon products from petroleum waste and natural gas.


February 1, 2021
The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome RIX Industries as our newest member company. RIXIndustries is a technology-focused company specializing in the design, development and manufacturing of gas generation systems, precision compressor solutions, and cryogenic cooling technologies for critical applications in Marine, Aerospace, Land, Energy, Industrial, Medical, and Telecomm markets. Founded in 1878, the company is headquartered in Benicia, CA, and operates additional facilities in Sparks, NV (production) and Rockville, CA (Innovation Center).


January 27, 2021
The  International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Methanol Institute (MI) released a joint report “Innovation Outlook: Renewable Methanol.” This comprehensive report discusses market status and outlook of renewable methanol for the main applications such as feedstock for petrochemicals and transport sectors such as shipping, car and truck fuel. It also elaborates on what policy actions are needed to facilitate an uptake of renewable methanol in the next decade.


December 1, 2020
The Methanol Institute is urging the maritime community to take action to mitigate pollution and emissions risk in Polar regions by adopting Methanol as marine fuel, applying safe bunkering guidelines developed by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN). Facilitated by the Safe Maritime Operations under Extreme Conditions: the Arctic Case (SEDNA), which advocates for an integrated risk-based approach to safe Arctic navigation, ship design and operation, the project secured a CEN Workshop Agreement on a process to address safety during bunkering of Methanol as a marine fuel earlier this year.


November 19, 2020
The combination of market mechanisms and regulatory instruments will be the defining feature of shipping’s journey to decarbonization. Though regulation remains critical to implementation, the drive from the industry will accelerate the process.


November 9, 2020
The Methanol Institute (MI) has welcomed the adoption by the International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee of interim guidelines on the use of Methanol as a marine fuel. The guidelines enshrine ethyl and methyl alcohols as options for marine fuel; a milestone the institute believes will be catalyst for more ship operators to consider Methanol as a low carbon compliance option.


November 9, 2020
The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome Stena Bulk as our newest member company. Stena Bulk’s mission is to provide customers with safe and cost-efficient tanker transportation based on innovation and performance. Stena Bulk’s fleet consists of about 100 vessels and the company have offices in six countries. Stena Bulk is part of the Stena Sphere, which has around 20 000 employees in Sweden and abroad.


October 27, 2020
The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome Australia’s Southern Green Gas as our newest member. Southern Green Gas is a renewable energy company pioneering world-first technology aimed at creating carbon-neutral fuels; renewable methane and renewable methanol. At the heart of Southern Green Gas’s technology is the ability to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to create fuels that are not only sustainable, but also can be transported in existing infrastructure. Southern Green Gas’s approach is unique in the use of small production modules that are amenable to mass manufacture. The potential cost reduction benefits from this approach could allow a least cost transition to a low carbon vibrant economy.


October 20, 2020
Methanol could become a cost-efficient, clean and sustainable alternative to fossil fuel in transport, according to a new report* published by the International Energy Agency’s Advanced Motor Fuel (AMF) Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP). As climate change mitigation gains traction around the world, there is a growing need to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of transport. Improving energy efficiency of engines is insufficient, and alternative fuels are required to further improve the environmental performance of different modes of transport.