With biomethane, a non-fossil energy, CMA CGM provides customers with a new and immediately available solution
CMA CGM Group is supporting the production of 12,000 tonnes of biomethane, equivalent to a year’s fuel consumption of two 1,400-TEU ships.
Biomethane is a renewable green gas produced in part by the methanation of European-sourced organic and plant waste. CMA CGM said it intends to push ahead with the development of this energy source by investing in biomethane production facilities and studying the viability of liquefaction processes so biomethane can be rolled out as a shipping fuel.
12,000 tonnes of guarantee-of-origin biomethane is enough to fuel the equivalent of two 1,400-TEU LNG-powered ships operating on the Northern European Balt3 line between St Petersburg and Rotterdam for a whole year.
Guarantee-of-origin biomethane, coupled with CMA CGM’s dual-fuel gas-power technology, can reduce well-to-wake greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including CO2, by at least 67%. On a tank-to-wake basis, the reduction in GHG emissions reaches 88%.
As of May 2021, the Group’s customers will be able to select biomethane via the Act with CMA CGM+ range of services, paving the way for a substantial reduction in the environmental impact of the shipping of their goods.
The French shipping group explained that ACT with CMA CGM+ provides a full range of services designed to enable its customers to analyse, reduce and offset their environmental footprint.
CMA CGM Group chairman and chief executive Rodolphe Saadé said “We have crossed a new step with the launch of the first low-carbon shipping offer based on biomethane. We know there is still a long way to go to meet the commitments of the Paris Agreement. Achieving these goals does not rely on a single solution but on a set of initiatives and new technologies complimentary to each other.”
The CMA CGM Group is heavily investing in research and development alongside its industrial partners to identify the energy sources of the future with the aim of achieving a positive impact on its customers’ carbon footprint and helping to protect the environment.
By 2022, 32 of the Group’s vessels will be LNG-powered.
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