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CMA CGM supports biomethane as fuel source

CMA CGM supports biomethane as fuel source
CMA CGM will invest in production facilities

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.