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MÆRSK TO TRIAL SUSTAINABLE BIOFUEL IN TRIPLE-E BOXSHIP

Friday, March 22, 2019 

Convinced of the urgency to act on climate change, A.P. Moller - Maersk is joining with a group of Dutch multinationals - FrieslandCampina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, Shell and Unilever - all members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC) - to take a tangible step towards the decarbonisation of ocean shipping.

In a pilot project, using up to 20% sustainable second-generation biofuels, a large triple-E ocean vessel will sail 25.000 nautical miles from Rotterdam to Shanghai and back on biofuel blends alone, a world's first at this scale, saving 1.5 million kg of CO2 and 20,000 kg of sulphur. The voyage will take place between March and June 2019.

DSGC members and Maersk agree that tackling harmful emissions related to shipping is urgently needed, and that cross-industry collaboration is required to develop, test and implement new solutions. The DSGC members, many of which are customers of Maersk, played a critical role. They initiated the pilot and are acting as sponsors. Shell will be the fuel supplier for the pilot, with Maersk as operating partner.

Maersk believes that sustainably sourced second-generation biofuels are just one possible solution for the decarbonisation of ocean shipping. Longer term, breakthroughs in fuel and technical development (i.e. e-fuels) and the investment into commercial supply chains are needed to achieve significant emissions reductions.

"DSGC companies join in action to contribute to the UN SDGs. With this initiative we focus on Climate Action (SDG 13). We have taken the initiative to partner with A.P. Moller - Maersk on this important effort," said Jan Peter Balkenende, Chair of the DSGC. "This pilot testing biofuel on a cross ocean shipping lane, marks an important step. However, many more innovations are urgently needed. These can only be successfully developed, tested and implemented in industry collaborations like this."

Søren Toft, COO A.P. Moller - Maersk commented: "To reach our net zero CO2 target by 2050, in the next 10 years we need big breakthroughs. Maersk cannot do this alone. That is why this collaboration with DSGC and its members is such an important step in identifying and bringing low carbon solutions to life. It lays the foundation for how cross-industry partners can work together to take steps towards a more sustainable future. We welcome others to join in our efforts, as this journey is just beginning."

Toft added: "Biofuels are one of the viable solutions that can be implemented in the short and medium term. Through this pilot, we aim to learn more about using biofuels in general, and to understand the possibilities around increasing its usage in a sustainable and economical way."

The biofuel used in this pilot is a so called 'second generation' biofuel, produced from waste sources, in this case used cooking oil (UCOME oil). 'Second generation' denotes that the biofuel comes from waste products. i.e. used cooking oil, forest residues, wood chip waste etc. This biofuel is ISCC Certified.  The power of biofuel is that it can to a certain extent replace / blended with conventional (fossil) fuels, without having to make significant technical adaptations to, or replacement of, engines and major ancillary systems.

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