Maersk teams up with Dutch multinationals in CO2-busting pilot

Søren Toft, chief operating officer AP Moller – Maersk.

AP Moller - Maersk has teamed up with a group of Dutch multinationals to further advance its ambition of decarbonising shipping.

FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever are all members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC).

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 first at this scale, saving 1.5 million kilograms of CO2 and 20 000 kilograms of sulphur.

Sustainably sourced second-generation biofuels are just one possible solution for the decarbonisation of ocean shipping. Longer term, breakthroughs in fuel and technical development (ie, e-fuels) and the investment into commercial supply chains are needed to achieve significant emissions reductions.

Søren Toft, chief operating officer AP Moller - Maersk commented: "To reach our net zero CO2 target by 2050, in the next 10 years we need big breakthroughs. Maersk cannot do this alone. This collaboration with DSGC lays the foundation for how cross-industry partners can work together to take steps towards a more sustainable future."

“Through this pilot, we aim to learn more about using biofuels in general, and to understand the possibilities around increasing their usage in a sustainable and economical way."

The voyage will take place between March and June.

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