MARSEILLE: CMA CGM is expanding its search for alternatives to fossil fuel-based ship propulsion with a plan to convert household waste from 1.8 million people living in France’s largest local authority to liquefied biomethane (BioLNG).
Produced by converting the biodegradable part of household waste in the Aix-Marseille Provence region, the BioLNG will be used by CMA CGM’s LNG-powered vessels departing from Marseille.
The project, supported by waste treatment plant operator EveRé, LNG terminal operator Elengy and energy major Total, aims to provide a maritime alternative to fossil fuel and also employ circular economy principles to improve the region’s air quality by removing nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and fine particles from the atmosphere.
The company says the new BioLNG will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including CO2, by at least 67 percent compared to using very low sulphur fossil fuel (VLSFO) from well-to-wake, and 88 percent when measured per LNG-powered vessel.
CMA CGM, Engie and Total have been working together since February as part of a Coalition for the Energy of the Future to reduce energy consumption and emissions by 2030 by increasing clean energy supply sources; reducing energy consumption per equivalent kilometer transported; and reducing the proportion of emissions attributable to transportation and logistics.
The group, which includes Airbus, Amazon Web Services, Bureau Veritas, PSA International, Carrefour, CMA CGM, Cluster Maritime Français, Crédit Agricole CIB, ENGIE, Faurecia, Michelin, Schneider Electric, Total and Wärtsilä, has now been joined by Air Liquide, Kuehne+Nagel Group and Rolls-Royce.
“We are convinced that a collaborative, cross-industry approach will help to achieve the UN climate goals,” commented Otto Schacht, responsible for Sea Logistics on the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International. “Together, we strive to offer innovations for CO2-neutral transport solutions, such as the new BioLNG project.”
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