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IKEA, CMA CGM and GoodShipping successfully complete 2019 biofuel trials

In the Netherlands, IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, the CMA CGM Group, and the GoodShipping Program have announced the successful completion of their 2019 biofuel test programme on CMA CGM vessels, following the positive trials of Bio-Fuel Oil (BFO), a Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) equivalent during CMA CGM ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT’s North Europe-Asia trip, which occurred in September and October 2019.

IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, the CMA CGM Group, and the GoodShipping Program have announced the successful completion of their 2019 biofuel test programme on CMA CGM vessels, following the positive trials of Bio-Fuel Oil (BFO), a Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) equivalent during CMA CGM ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT’s North Europe-Asia trip, which occurred in September and October 2019 (photo courtesy CMA CGM Group).

This latest development follows the world premiere bunkering of a container ship with a sustainable marine biofuel, when the CMA CGM WHITE SHARK bunkered during a call at the Port of Rotterdam in March 2019.

Under the unprecedented trial, sustainable Bio-Fuel Oil (BFO) was used in a blend with conventional fossil-based marine fuels to power a vessel on a major oceangoing route. Both applications of BFO showed a positive result, thus proving the technical compatibility of sustainable marine biofuels.

These developments demonstrate the viability of advanced biofuels to meet current and future environmental regulations and emissions reductions targets, delivering a more sustainable shipping industry.

As a world leader in shipping and logistics, we are resolutely committed to environmental protection and the energy transition. This world premiere partnership with the GoodShipping Program and IKEA is further proof of the CMA CGM Group’s commitment to improving the sustainability of the shipping industry, and of its pioneering role in the development of innovative and environmentally-friendly solutions. These landmark trials give the maritime sector a vital demonstration into the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of marine bio-fuel oil, confirming CMA CGM’s leading role in the energy transition of the industry, said Xavier Leclercq, Vice President – CMA Ships, CMA CGM Group.

Future proof sustainable marine fuel

The BFO trialed by CMA CGM across both vessels was supplied by leading biofuels supply company GoodFuels and, according to GoodFuels, is the first-ever HFO-equivalent biofuel. All GoodFuels sustainable marine fuels are virtually sulphur-free thus comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Low Sulphur Regulation (IMO2020) that enters into effect January 1, 2020.

The GoodShipping Program works on the premise that as all carbon dioxide (CO2) from shipping is emitted into the same atmosphere, the means of mitigating these emissions is equally impactful, regardless of which vessels adopt biofuels over traditional bunker fuels – or the amount of ‘drop-in’ biofuel that is added to the fuel tank, as long as it offsets the CO2 costs of transporting participating shippers’ cargo (photo courtesy GoodShipping Program).

In addition to almost zero SOx emissions, the fuels deliver 80-90 percent well-to-propeller carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction compared to fossil equivalents. The announcement comes at a time when the industry is under increasing scrutiny to improve its sustainability and move towards decarbonisation. With scalability, BFO effectively future-proofs requirements for shipowners and operators to comply with future regulations on carbon reduction by 2030 and 2050.

The trials were achieved through IKEA Transport & Logistics Services’ participation in the GoodShipping Program, the world’s first decarbonisation initiative for cargo owners.

We are pleased to conclude that this pilot has been successful and that it has been proven possible to use advanced Bio-Fuel Oil on oceangoing vessels. It is only through collaboration and partnerships between major players – including cargo owners, ship operators and solution providers – that we can achieve real change at a fast pace. We need a diversified portfolio of solutions to achieve our ambitious emissions reduction targets – and marine biofuels are an important part of the puzzle going forward for our sector, said Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, Head of Sustainability, IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services.

The GoodShipping Program works on the premise that as all carbon dioxide (CO2) from shipping is emitted into the same atmosphere, the means of mitigating these emissions is equally impactful, regardless of which vessels adopt biofuels over traditional bunker fuels – or the amount of ‘drop-in’ biofuel that is added to the fuel tank, as long as it offsets the CO2 costs of transporting participating shippers’ cargo.

This flexible approach provides far greater scope for immediate impact while having the same net effect in averting the effects of climate change.

The success of this test programme with IKEA and CMA CGM builds further evidence of the important role that Bio-Fuel Oil will play in the marine fuel mix, and proves that initiatives already exist on the market for cargo owners to realise their decarbonisation goals. The GoodShipping Program is committed to helping more cargo owners unlock the potential of this direct decarbonisation option in the near future, as our sector continues to establish and embrace its wider carbon reduction efforts, commented Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, GoodShipping Program.

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