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Infineum makes positive strides towards its sustainability goals in Singapore

Infineum’s operations in the region will support its global ambition of achieving net zero emissions from its owned and operated assets for scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2050.




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International fuel additives company Infineum on Thursday (20 July) shared its sustainability achievements and plans including its progress in Singapore. 

Being the first major lubricant additive company to announce its Net Zero ambition, Infineum’s operations in this region will support its global ambition of achieving net zero emissions from its owned and operated assets for scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2050.

In the Asia region and globally, Infineum plans to collaborate with energy providers and site partners to expand solar farms, improve the renewable energy mix, and optimise its facilities. Additionally, the company plans to invest USD 20 million annually on capital improvements to its manufacturing facilities. 

Locally in Singapore, Infineum has made positive strides towards its sustainability goals. Infineum Singapore manufacturing plant has made significant progress in optimising the centrifuge of its Calcium Sulphonate unit. This optimisation has led to a remarkable 75% reduction in water consumption, resulting in daily savings of 48m3

Another area of focus for Infineum Singapore is refrigerant control. In 2022, the company achieved an 80% reduction in refrigerant losses. This corresponded to over 8000Mt Co2e in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission savings across its manufacturing plants. 

These achievements so far demonstrate the company’s alignment with Singapore's environmental stewardship as well as the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. 

Infineum's broad range of applications spans across various industries, including automotive (cars, trucks, motorcycles), electric and hybrid vehicles, marine shipping and gas engines, crude oil refining, and mining.

The company's presence in Asia is led by its manufacturing plant in Jurong Island, Singapore, which has played a vital role in producing Infineum's products for the region since 1982. Furthermore, Infineum opened its China Business Technology Center in Shanghai in 2014, and its blending plant in Zhangjiagang in 2016, enabling the company to serve customers in the wider Asia region.

Infineum added it has successfully integrated sustainable design into its products. The company evaluates new product developments using sustainability criteria and strives to accelerate environmental and social improvements throughout its value chain. 

Kevin Poindexter, Head of Sustainability at Infineum, said, "Infineum's Net Zero announcement in 2023 represented a key milestone on our Sustainability journey that began five years ago. We've made great progress in reducing our operational GHG emissions, measuring the carbon footprint of our products, and integrating Sustainability into our corporate purpose.”

“Building on our established social values for safety and I&D (Inclusion & Diversity), we are progressing on the next stage of this long journey towards our 2030 and 2050 ambitions. In doing so, we must continue delivering the high-performance products our customers need and working to support them in their Sustainability journeys as well.”

Aldo Govi, CEO, Infineum, said: “Our aim is to lead our industry on this exciting journey, taking a collaborative approach and engaging on sustainability not just with our customers, but also with our colleagues, suppliers, shareholders, and communities.”

“Together, we can help maintain our quality of life as human beings, retain the diversity of life on Earth and enable the Earth’s ecosystems to thrive.”

Earlier in the month, Infineum published its 2022 Sustainability Report, which provides an update on the progress the company has made against its goals.

Note: The full report 2022 Sustainability Report can be accessed here.

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Photo credit: Infineum
Published: 21 July, 2023

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GCMD concludes its final biofuel blend supply chain trial with Hapag-Lloyd

bp provided the B30 biofuel blend to the “TIHAMA”, a 19,870 TEU container vessel operated by Hapag-Lloyd in final trial; marks the end of a series of trials initiated in July 2022.





GCMD concludes its final biofuel blend supply chain trial with Hapag-Lloyd

The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) on Thursday (18 July) said it has successfully completed its final supply chain trial for biofuel blended with very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO). 

This marks the end of a series of trials initiated in July 2022 as part of a larger pilot to develop a framework to provide quality, quantity and GHG abatement assurances for drop-in fuels.

In this final trial, bp provided the B30 biofuel blend to the TIHAMA, a 19,870 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container vessel operated by Hapag-Lloyd.

The biofuel component used is certified to the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standard – a multistakeholder certification scheme for biobased materials. The biofuel component comprised neat Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) produced from food waste.

Authentix, a tracer solutions provider, supplied and dosed the FAME with an organic-based tracer at the storage terminal outside the Netherlands. The dosed FAME was then transported to the Port of Rotterdam for blending with VLSFO to achieve a B30 blend, before the blend was bunkered onboard the TIHAMA.

Similar to previous trials, GCMD engaged fuel testing company Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) to witness the operations at all stages – from biofuel cargo transfer to bunkering. VPS also collected and conducted extensive laboratory tests on samples of the biofuel and biofuel blend collected at pre-determined points along the supply chain to assess quality per Standards EN 14214 and ISO 8217.

With well-to-wake emissions of 13.74 gCO2e/MJ, the neat FAME presented a 85.4% emissions reduction compared to the emissions of the fossil marine fuel. The reduced emissions complies with the MEPC 80, which requires a minimum emissions reduction of 65% in order for biofuels to be classified as sustainable.

GCMD and Hapag-Lloyd determined that consumption of the 4,500 MT B30 blend of FAME and VLSFO resulted in 27.9% emissions reduction compared to sailing on VLSFO.

A newly developed tracer deployed with this supply chain

GCMD collaborated with Authentix to develop and deploy a new organic-based tracer to authenticate the origin and verify the amount of FAME present in the blend. The proprietary tracer blended homogeneously with FAME and was detected at expected concentrations at all sampling points along the supply chain.

This trial marks the first deployment of this tracer in a marine fuel supply chain. Previously, similar tracers were used to authenticate and quantify biofuels in road transport and LPG supply chains.

Development of a comprehensive biofuels assurance framework underway

With the completion of this trial, GCMD has deployed a diverse range of tracer technologies, including synthetic DNA and element-based tracers, in addition to the organic-based tracer used in this trial. The trials have also included the development of a chemical fingerprinting methodology and the evaluation of lock-and-seal and automatic identification systems (AIS) as additional solutions to ensure the integrity of the biofuels supply chain.

Learnings on tracer limitations and benefits will be incorporated into a framework that recommends appropriate use to ensure consistent and robust performance. This effort will complement existing ISCC by providing additional supply chain assurance through physical traceability.

The insights from these trials will be shared in a series of reports covering issues, such as traceability, biofuel degradation, supply chain optimisation and abatement costs. These findings will culminate in a comprehensive assurance framework to provide guidance on biofuels use, slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2024.


Photo credit: Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
Published: 19 July 2024

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MPA, ITOCHU and partners sign MoU on ammonia-fuelled bulk carriers study

As a government agency, MPA,will review and provide their views to the designs of the ammonia-fuelled ships to ensure their safe operations, says ClassNK.





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Classification society ClassNK on Thursday (18 July) said it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ITOCHU Corporation, Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd., and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) regarding a joint study for the design and safety specifications of ammonia-fuelled ships which are under development by ITOCHU and partners.

“The discussion for a specification of ammonia-fuelled ships with a governmental body related to their operation is essential for a social implementation of ammonia-fuelled ships,” ClassNK said. 

“As one of parties of the MoU, MPA, a government agency overseeing the world’s busiest bunkering hub, will review and provide their views to the designs of the ammonia-fuelled ships to ensure their safe operations.”

The MoU is based on the premise that 200,000 deadweight ton class bulk carriers will be built by Nihon Shipyard with an ammonia dual-fuelled engine.

“The necessary clarifications of the specification for the ammonia-fueled ship to carry out ammonia bunkering in Singapore will be conducted among parties of this MoU, for the commercialisation of ammonia-fuelled ships,” ClassNK added.


Photo credit: Venti Views on Unsplash
Published: 19 July 2024

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“K” Line to use biofuel on three Gram Car Carriers-chartered vessels in Singapore

Biofuel will be supplied to the sister vessels “Viking Ocean”, “Viking Diamond” and “Viking Coral” while bunkering in Singapore, says Gram Car Carriers.





“K” Line to use biofuel on three Gram Car Carriers-chartered vessels in Singapore

Norwegian transportation firm Gram Car Carriers (GCC) on Thursday (18 July) said Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” LINE) will use biofuel on three vessels chartered from GCC from July onwards. 

“The biofuel will be supplied to the sister vessels Viking Ocean, Viking Diamond and Viking Coral while bunkering in Singapore, an Asian hub for marine biofuels,” GCC said on its social media. 

“The use of biofuel is a key environmental initiative to reduce emissions across the entire value chain (well-to-exhaust) and an effective way of transitioning to low-carbon marine fuels amid globally tightening environmental regulations.”

“We support the green mobility shift. This means that GCC commit to supporting the transition of both vehicles and their logistic chain towards a zero-emission future in close cooperation with leading customers such as K-Line,” said Georg A. Whist, CEO of GCC.


Photo credit: Gram Car Carriers
Published: 19 July 2024

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