Dutch contractor Boskalis Nederland, a subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., has established a long-term partnership with biofuel supplier GoodFuels to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from operations by 35%.
The development is a step forward from the Boskalis on Bio 2015 project between the two parties and Wärtsilä to explore the use of biofuels on Boskalis’ vessels.
“After the successful evaluation of the extensive pilot program we are proud to continue our partnership by using biofuels on Boskalis’ equipment in the Netherlands, thus further reducing CO2 emissions,” says Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO of GoodFuels.
“History has shown that we were right to embark on our pioneering partnership in 2015.
“Three years later our advanced biofuels have become one of the most important means for reducing the CO2 footprint of the shipping and heavy road transport industries in the next decade. This view was recently reconfirmed by the IMO and the OECD.”
Various trials conducted by Boskalis Nederland have shown that sustainable biofuels reduce CO2 emissions by 90% compared to fossil fuels.
On the Marker Wadden project in 2016, the Boskalis cutter suction dredger Edax dredged for six months using a B50 biofuel blend, 50% of which consisted of residual products from the paper industry resulting in CO2 reductions.
The company now uses this fuel not only for its vessels but also for its dry earthmoving equipment and trucks.
“The launch of the Boskalis on Bio program has provided Boskalis and Goodfuels with a great deal of knowledge and experience with regard to the use of advanced biofuels,” adds Richard Rijper, managing director of Boskalis Nederland.
“We look forward to continuing the partnership and achieving a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions from our equipment in the Netherlands while making an important contribution to the sustainable realisation of infrastructure projects for our clients in the Netherlands.”
Photo credit: GoodFuels
Published: 17 July, 2018
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