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Friday, April 26, 2019 

Denmark-based ro-ro operator DFDS is investing in a start-up company, Mash Energy, that produces biofuel from agricultural waste, currently from the by-products of nut processing in Tanzania and India.

The biofuel is CO2 neutral and can be used in ships. In addition, the residual product is an effective fertiliser, and this in turn will contribute to reducing the CO2 balance. DFDS, working with Mash Energy, aims to develop a commercially viable alternative to fossil fuels, including testing on a DFDS ferry.

"We are extremely pleased to add DFDS, a large ferry operator, to the ownership circle which will give opportunities to test the biofuel in engines and verify that our product is indeed of the quality and price necessary for it to succeed in the shipping industry," said Jakob Andersen, CEO of Mash Energy.

The DKK 10m investment will be made in three stages for a 24% ownership share of the company after the final stage. The investment supports DFDS' CSR-strategy of which a key ambition is to contribute to improving air quality.

"The investment is a result of our ambition to take responsibility for the development of commercially viable biofuel that is a real alternative to fossil fuels and thereby reduce the carbon footprint of our ferries. The aim is also to produce sufficient volume to make the biofuel commercially viable and identify other waste products that can be used to produce the biofuel," said Sofie Hebeltoft, Head of CSR at DFDS.

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