Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition en Maersk slaan handen ineen voor een pilot-project om biobrandstof in te zetten voor zeetransport

22-03-2019

Uit het persbericht:

 

Convinced of the urgency to act on climate, a group of Dutch multinationals - FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever - all members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC), will join forces with A.P. Moller - Maersk to take a tangible step towards the decarbonization of ocean shipping.

 

A pilot, using up to 20% sustainable second-generation biofuels on a large triple-E ocean vessel will sail 25.000 nautical miles from Rotterdam to Shanghai and back on biofuel blends alone, a world’s first at this scale, saving 1500 tonne CO2 and 20.000 kilograms of sulphur. The voyage will take place between March and June 2019.

 

DSGC members and Maersk all agree that tackling harmful emissions related to shipping is urgently needed, and that cross-industry collaboration is required to develop, test and implement new solutions. The DSGC members, many of which are customers to Maersk, played a critical role. They initiated and sponsor the pilot. Shell, acted as the fuel supplier for the pilot, and Maersk played the role as operating partner.

 

Sustainably sourced second-generation biofuels are just one possible solution for the decarbonization of ocean shipping. In the longer term breakthroughs in fuel and technical development and the investment into commercial supply chains are needed to achieve significant emission reductions.

 

Shipping accounts for 90% of transported goods and 3% of total global CO2 emissions, and is set to rise to 15% by 2050 if left unchecked. The CO2 savings of this journey alone equates to the annual CO2 emitted by over 200 households in a year or 12 million km travelled in an average car which is 300 times around the world.