Maersk on Thursday (20 June) announced it has launched a new carbon neutral transportation pilot project, after a successful trial with the use of biofuel on board the 196,000 dwt container ship Mette Maersk.
The biofuel in the pilot project, made up of a blend including used cooking oil, has been tested and successfully validated in a trial driven in collaboration with the Dutch Sustainability Growth Coalition (DSGC), and Shell this year.
It is certified as a sustainable fuel by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) body.
“The biofuel trial on board Mette Maersk has proven that decarbonised solutions for shipping can already be utilized today, both technically and operationally,” explains Soren Toft, Maersk COO.
“While it is not yet an absolutely final solution it is certainly part of the solution and it can serve as a transition solution to reduce CO2 emissions today.
“With the launch of this product, Maersk seeks to help our customers with their goal of moving to sustainable supply chains.”
H&M Group will be the first company to trial the new Maersk carbon neutral transportation product; also the first of its kind in the maritime shipping industry.
When taking a full lifecycle view including emissions from upstream production and transportation, the fuel entails savings of 85% compared to bunker fuel.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) will provide a procedure to ensure carbon savings are accredited to Maersk’s customers appropriately.
“Our high ambition to become climate positive by 2040 requires cooperation and engagement from all parties in the supply chain,” says Helena Helmersson, COO H&M Group.
“We want to use our size to be a force for good and enable scaling innovative solutions, such as the carbon neutral ocean product, for a greener commercial transport.”
Maersk will use the biofuel project learnings to support a broader product offering and will continue to co-develop and facilitate the uptake of solutions that will help bring about more cost-efficient carbon-neutral options for carbon neutral transportation.
Photo credit: Maersk
Published: 24 June, 2019
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