Denmark-headed independent shipping company Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S (DS NORDEN) has announced that it has launched a 100 percent carbon-neutral biofuel sailing option for customers looking to decarbonize their supply chains.
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Having celebrated 150 years in business in 2021, DS NORDEN has committed to net-zero emission shipping by 2050 as part of its climate strategy.
Our ambition is to help our customers reduce carbon emissions in the supply chain. To this end we are very proud to offer an eco-friendly freight transport using pure, carbon-neutral biofuel, said Adam Nielsen, Head of Logistics and Climate Solutions at DS NORDEN.
Secured biofuel supply
NORDEN has secured a supply of biofuel made from used cooking oil (UCO) and is in discussion with several customers over the first carbon-neutral freight contract.
The biofuel sailing is the first in a range of green freight products to be rolled out to customers this year as part of NORDEN’s transition to zero-carbon shipping by 2050.
We believe there is a growing demand for carbon-neutral transportation from our customers – particularly those with ambitious sustainability goals. We are ready to support those customers that wish to take the leap to an environmentally-friendly form of freight transport, Adam Nielsen said.
Drop-in solution for existing vessels
The advantage of biofuel, over other renewable or alternative fuels, is that it can be used onboard existing vessels without any modifications to the current engine design.
NORDEN aims to scale up the biofuel offering as global production becomes more advanced, and biofuels can be developed from new alternative sources.
We see biofuel as a very important transition fuel on our journey to zero-carbon shipping as it can be used on board our current vessels to make an immediate reduction on carbon emissions, said Henrik Røjel, Head of Decarbonization at DS NORDEN.
The company is also a founding signatory of the Sea Cargo Charter, which commits members to transparent reporting of shipping emissions within the tanker and dry cargo segments.
The Sea Cargo Charter establishes a common framework for a transparent and consistent approach to tracking emissions which is critical to making shipping more sustainable.
The initiative will allow customers to make decisions on choosing carriers based not only on economics but also on minimizing the environmental footprint of their cargo.