Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Freight Line Reduces Emissions on Each Container It Ships

Much Better Still to Come According to Plans
Shipping News Feature
FRANCE – French Container shipping line CMA CGM seems to be on track to achieve its target of cutting carbon emissions by 30% between 2015 and 2025, with the group already reporting a 4% reduction in CO2 emissions per container transported in 2016. The group's commitment to fight global warming by improving the performance of its ships has previously seen CMA CGM better the performance of its fleet by 50% in the 10 years between 2005 and 2015.

The reductions were achieved by operational optimisation of the fleet, technological innovations such as the use of bulbous bows that improve the ships’ hydrodynamics, and chartering modern giant container ships equipped with new efficient technologies. The Group also launched an eco-container programme, creating freight containers friendlier with the environment.

Improved performance in the years ahead will come through the application of new technologies, including the use of alternative fuels such as liquefied natural gas thanks to partnerships with energy groups such as Total and Engie.

The CMA CGM Group’s efforts have been recognised by standards committees for its transparency in the fight against climate change by the Carbon Disclosure Project in 2015 with the grade of 92/100, which was renewed in 2016. CMA CGM is also a historic and active member of Clean Cargo and an adhering member to the ‘blue charter’ of Armateurs de France, two initiatives seeking to encourage good practices in the maritime sector.