The world’s largest container ship and supply vessel operator, Denmark-based A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, recently unveiled a new carbon neutral product – the first of its kind in the industry. The product is currently being piloted by several customers of Maersk who have a keen focus on sustainable solutions for their supply chain.
One of these customers the H&M Group is the first company to take part in the pilot as a part of their strategy to move towards carbon-neutral transportation.
The project uses a biofuel that is the same mixture of used cooking oil and heavy which has been tested and successfully validated in a trial-driven in collaboration with the Dutch Sustainability Growth Coalition (DSGC), and Shell his year. The fuel has been certified sustainable by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) body.
COO for Maersk, Søren Toft explains, “The biofuel trial on board Mette Maersk has proven that decarbonized solutions for shipping can already be utilized today, both technically and operationally. While it is not yet an absolutely final solution it is certainly part of the solution and it can serve as a transition solution to reduce CO2 emissions today. With the launch of this product, Maersk seeks to help our customers with their goal of moving to sustainable supply chains.”
The biofuel is, of course, carbon-neutral and will allow the H&M Group to significantly reduce their transport and logistics emissions as they aim for complete carbon neutrality for the emissions from their vessels.
COO for the H&M Group, Helena Helmersson said, “Our high ambition to become climate positive by 2040 requires cooperation and engagement from all parties in the supply chain. We want to use our size to be a force for good and enable scaling innovative solutions, such as the carbon-neutral ocean product, for a greener commercial transport.”
Ms. Helmersson further added, “We will use the biofuel project learnings to support a broader product offering and will continue to co-develop and facilitate the uptake of solutions that will help bring about more cost-efficient carbon-neutral options for the carbon-neutral transportation.”
Mr. Toft concluded with, “We believe this is the only commercially viable path to make the required investments our industry requires to reach the carbon neutral target. We are so pleased to see a significant shift in sentiment and involvement from customers, fuel suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and competitors towards sustainable solutions.”