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MSC promotes biofuel bunker use through carbon insetting programme

17 Jun 2022

Shipping and logistics provider Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) on Wednesday (15 June) said it has adopted biofuel bunkers – the only low-carbon fuel currently available that does not require any adjustment of its vessels’ engines – as a transition fuel in its ocean operations.

MSC’s Biofuel Solution service, which is available at selected world ports, offers its customers the opportunity to join forces with MSC to decarbonise their supply chains and achieve their climate targets.

“This solution is our first carbon insetting programme, through which we use biofuel to reduce the carbon footprint of our customers’ supply chains as well as across our own operations, while accelerating the global energy transition and our industry’s decarbonisation,” it said. 

“Specifically, MSC procures and bunkers low-carbon certified sustainable biofuel, derived from sources such as used cooking oil (Used Cooking Oil Methyl Ester or UCOME). This responsibly sourced, second-generation biofuel comes as a blend with conventional marine oil and its biocomponent can reduce CO2 emissions by 90%.”

Benefits at a glance

  • Customers benefit from CO2 savings throughout their supply chain (Scope 3 CO2 emissions).
  • Customers receive an MSC-issued Retirement Certificate stating the CO2 savings achieved, accompanied by documentation including Proof of Sustainability for the bunkered biofuel as well as an external verification statement for the carbon insetting process.
  • MSC’s insetting programme reduces emissions through CO2 savings achieved within our own value chain.

“At MSC, we understand that we have an important role to play in decarbonisation and in accelerating the energy transition of the shipping and logistics industry,” said Dimitri Ruggiero, Global Accounts Vice President. 

“By adopting low-carbon fuels, we’re playing an enabling role in the energy transition while also reducing the emissions of our own operations. Customers can also achieve a reduction in emissions in their supply chains by taking part in our carbon insetting programme, MSC Biofuel Solution. We are continually improving the energy efficiency of our fleet, as well as collaborating with partners across the maritime ecosystem on research, trials and pilots to promote the wider adoption of low- and zero-carbon fuels of the future.”

 

Photo credit: Mediterranean Shipping Company
Published: 17 June, 2022

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