Tuesday, July 6, 2021

As More Members Sign Up for Green Coalition Comes a New Project

Vessel Fuel to be Produced from Household Waste
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – Launched in late 2019 during the French Maritime Economy Conference (Assises de l’Economie de la Mer), and supported by French President Emmanuel Macron, the Coalition for the Energy of the Future continues to attract high profile members.

With a mission to develop future energy sources and technologies to reduce the impact of transport and logistics on climate change, transport related companies have a major presence in the coalition and now a feasibility study of the first French project of BioLNG production within a large maritime port has been launched.

The new project will allow the transformation of household waste from the Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence into liquefied biomethane (BioLNG) within the Port of Marseille Fos. This fuel will then be used to supply ships calling at the port, notably for the CMA CGM Group’s LNG-powered vessels.

The scheme draws on infrastructure already in place at the Port of Marseille Fos: EveRé’s (a household waste treatment centre) methanation units, Elengy’s (a subsidiary of ENGIE) LNG terminals for stocking and delivery, TotalEnergies’ bunkering ship and CMA CGM’s LNG vessels.

The partners say that the use of BioLNG combined with CMA CGM vessels’ dual fuel engines will allow the reduction of at least 67% greenhouse gas emissions on a well-to-wake basis (entire value chain) and by 88% on a tank-to-wake basis (at ship level).

As this project begins come news that the 14 strong group has now been joined by three other household names with the addition of Air Liquide, Kuehne+Nagel Group and Rolls-Royce adding their weight to the Coalition for the Energy of the Future. They join Airbus, AWS, Bureau Veritas, Carrefour, Cluster Maritime Français, CMA CGM Group, Crédit Agricole CIB, ENGIE, Faurecia, Michelin, PSA International, Schneider Electric, TotalEnergies and Wärtsilä in the Coalition.

The addition of Kuehne + Nagel International AG will be of special interest to those in the logistics sector with Otto Schacht, a member of the Management Board responsible for Sea Logistics, commenting:

“As a pioneer in sustainable logistics, we are pleased to join the Coalition for the Energies of the Future in Transport and Supply Chain. We are convinced that a collaborative, cross-industry approach will help to achieve the UN climate goals.

”Together, we strive to offer innovations for CO2-neutral transport solutions, such as the new BioLNG project. As the world’s leading logistics service provider connecting suppliers and customers, Kuehne+Nagel offers concrete sustainable actions for customers through our Net Zero Carbon programme.”