Maersk has joined hands with several multinationals – FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever – for the world’s largest maritime biofuel pilot project.
The large triple-E boxship will sail 25,000 nautical miles, from Rotterdam to Shanghai, using 20% second-generation biofuels. It is a landmark project as the single journey will save CO2 emissions equal to CO2 emitted by over 200 households in a year or 12m km travelled in an average car - which is 300 times around the world!
The multinationals who are sponsoring this pilot are also members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC). in addition, Shell has come forth to supply the biofuels for the pilot voyage.
The biofuel used in this pilot is ISCC certified and is produced from used cooking oil. Maersk aims to reach net zero CO2 target by 2050, and this pilot is an important milestone – laying the foundation for cross-industry partners to work together to take steps towards a more sustainable future.
The Danish carrier is looking at biofuels as both a short and medium term solution for decarbonization.
More about biofuels industry will be discussed at CMT’s Global Biofuels Summit on 22-23 October, 2019 in Singapore.