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, as they are convinced of the urgency to act on climate.
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 1,5 million kilograms CO2
and 20.000 kilograms of sulphur.
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.
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.
second-generation biofuels are just one possible solution for the
decarbonization of ocean shipping. Longer term, breakthroughs in fuel and
technical development (i.e. e-fuels) and the investment into commercial supply
chains are needed to achieve significant emissions reductions.
join in action to contribute to the UN SDGs. With this initiative we focus on
Climate Action (SDG 13). We have taken the initiative to partner with A.P.
Moller-Maersk on this important effort,” says Jan Peter Balkenende, Chair of
biofuel on a cross ocean shipping lane, marks an important step. However, many
more innovations are urgently needed. These can only be successfully developed,
tested and implemented in industry collaborations like this.”
Operating Officer A.P. Moller – Maersk commented:
zero CO2 target by 2050, in the next 10 years we need big breakthroughs. Maersk
cannot do this alone. That is why this collaboration with DSGC and its members
is such an important step in identifying and bringing low carbon solutions to
life. It laid the foundation for how cross-industry partners can work together
to take steps towards a more sustainable future. We welcome others to join in
our efforts, as this journey is just beginning.”
“Biofuels are one of the viable solutions that can be implemented in the short
and medium term. Through this pilot, we aim to learn more about using biofuels
in general, and to understand the possibilities around increasing its usage in
a sustainable and economical way.”
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 mill km travelled in an average car which is 300 times around the
world. The voyage will take place between March and June 2019