IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam will collaborate in a first of its kind partnership to test and scale the use of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil. The test will begin with a bunkering of the marine bio-fuel oil on a CMA CGM container vessel on March 19th.
The GoodShipping Program is facilitating the test. The program is a sustainable initiative dedicated to decarbonising ocean freight.
The marine bio-fuel oil has been developed by GoodFuels, after undergoing three years of testing with marine engine manufacturers. The second generation bio-fuel oil does not have forest residues and waste oil products, and is expected to deliver 80-90% well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents, and virtually cuts SOx emissions, without requiring engine modifications.
With this collaboration, IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM and the GoodShipping Program aim to show the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil, and boost the development of realistic options to reduce GHG and SOx emissions from shipping.
According to Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, Head of Sustainability, IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services, the pilot aspires to demonstrate that the means for decarbonisation in terms of alternative fuels are available. She also added that if the pilot is successfully completed, then the intention would be to put the equivalent of at least all of the company's containers out of Rotterdam on biofuel.
Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, The GoodShipping Program, noted:
"The aim of our program has always been not only to reduce carbon emissions from shipping, but to show that the means to accelerate the energy transition are already available for the sector to grasp. Together we send a very clear message: sustainable biofuels are ready today, and we can meet the pathways laid out by the IMO in a manner that is attractive to major cargo owners such as IKEA"