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GOOD SHIPPING, IKEA AND CMA-CGM TEST SUSTAINABLE BIO-FUEL OIL

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 

IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam have announced a cooperation in a first of its kind partnership to test and scale the use of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil.

The test will commence with a landmark bunkering of the marine bio-fuel oil on a CMA CGM container vessel, representing a major step towards the decarbonisation of ocean freight. The test is being facilitated by the GoodShipping Program, a sustainable initiative dedicated to decarbonising ocean freight, and is the latest step in the scaling of low carbon marine bio-fuel oils for wider commercial use within the maritime industry.

The sustainable marine bio-fuel oil has been developed by GoodFuels, a provider of sustainable marine biofuels to the global commercial shipping fleet, after undergoing three years of intensive testing with marine engine manufacturers. The second generation bio-fuel oil is derived completely from forest residues and waste oil products, is expected to deliver 80-90% well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents, and virtually eliminates SOx emissions - all without any requirement for engine modifications.

Through this collaboration, IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM and the GoodShipping Program – with the support of the Port of Rotterdam – aim to demonstrate the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil, and thereby spur the wider continued development of realistic options to curb greenhouse gas and sulphur oxide emissions from shipping.

Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, Head of Sustainability, IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services, said: “Through our pilot we want to show that the means for decarbonisation in terms of alternative fuels are available. We have a responsibility to do our part to reduce the impact of our ocean freight. Through our participation we send a signal to our customers and the ocean industry on our commitment to decarbonise. Only through collaboration can we achieve rapid, necessary change. With a successful pilot completed, our intention is to put the equivalent of at least all our containers out of Rotterdam on biofuel.”

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