CMA CGM has backed the production of 12,000 tonnes of biomethane, which is the equivalent to a year’s fuel consumption of two 1,400 teu LNG-powered ships on an intra-European service for a whole year.
Biomethane is a renewable green gas produced in part by the methanation of European-sourced organic and plant waste.
Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM group, said: “We have crossed a new step with the launch of the first low-carbon shipping offer based on biomethane.
“We know that there is still a long way to go to meet the commitments of the Paris Agreement. Achieving these goals do not rely on a single solution but on a set of initiatives and new technologies complimentary to each other.”
As of May 2021, the group’s customers will be able to select biomethane via the Act with CMA CGM+ range of services.
CMA CGM will invest in biomethane production facilities and study the viability of liquefaction processes so that the energy source can be rolled out as a shipping fuel.
Guarantee-of-origin (GO) biomethane, coupled with CMA CGM’s dual-fuel gas-power technology, could reduce well-to-wake (entire value chain) greenhouse gas emissions including CO2 by at least 67%.
On a tank-to-wake basis (at ship level), the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions reaches 88% (including CO2).
CMA CGM Group cut its overall CO2 emissions by 4% in 2020, following a 6% reduction in 2019 and, since 2008, the group has lowered its CO2 emissions per container-kilometre by 49%.
By 2022, 32 of the group’s vessels will be LNG-powered.