CMA CGM kicks of new biogas project and welcomes new members to research group

A large-scale, circular economy project spearheaded by EveRé, Elengy, TotalEnergies and the CMA CGM Group at Marseille’s major shipping port. BioLNG produced from household waste from the Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence to become a renewable energy source to fuel the CMA CGM Group’s ships, permitting at least a 67% greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

A project led by CMA CGM-founded Coalition for the Energy of the Future, aims to step up the pace of development of future energy sources and technologies.

French shipping and logistics specialist CMA CGM Group, EveRé, operator of the multi-process household waste treatment plant commissioned by Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence, Elengy, a subsidiary of Engie, operating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals at Fos-sur-Mer and TotalEnergies, a global multi-energy company that produces and supplies energy, have joined forces to study the feasibility of creating France’s first production unit for liquefied biomethane (BioLNG), a low-carbon alternative fuel dedicated to energy transition in the shipping industry.

Produced by converting the biodegradable part of household waste from the Marseille Provence region, BioLNG would allow for the decarbonisation of shipping services departing from the Grand Port Maritime in Marseille and would be used primarily for the CMA CGM Group’s LNG-powered vessels.

The project forms a circular economic system. Using the area’s household waste will help reduce local air pollutants (nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and fine particles), improving air quality and quality of life for people living in the region and supporting the energy transition in the shipping industry.

BioLNG, combined with the dual-fuel gas engine technology developed by CMA CGM, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 67% relative to well-to-wake VLSFO. On the basis of a tank-to-wake measurement (at vessel level), greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 88%.

LNG allows for a 99% reduction in SOx emissions, a 91% reduction in fine particles emissions and a 92% reduction in NOx emissions. By the end of 2024, 44 of the CMA CGM Group’s vessels will be powered by LNG.

The project fits perfectly into the local ecosystem, benefiting from the particularly well-suited and already existing infrastructure at the Grand Port Maritime, including EveRé’s waste methanisation unit, Elengy’s LNG terminals, which will be used for the storage and delivery of the BioLNG, TotalEnergies’ bunker vessel, which will be located at the port as of January 2022, and CMA CGM’s fleet of LNG-powered vessels. The feasibility study has been launched within the framework of this large-scale project, which corresponds with the national drive to promote BioLNG as defined in France’s Mobility Orientation Law.

As well as announcing the BiolNG project CMA CGM also revealed that Air Liquide, Kuehne+Nagel Group and Rolls-Royce have joined the coalition launched in late 2019 initiated by Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, the Coalition for the Energy of the Future aims at accelerating the development of future energies and technologies to sustain new green mobility models and reduce the impact of transport and logistics on climate change.

Already 14-member strong, the Coalition welcomed the entry of the three new members who join Airbus, AWS, Bureau Veritas, Carrefour, Cluster Maritime Français, CMA CGM Group, Crédit Agricole CIB, ENGIE, Faurecia, Michelin, PSA International, Schneider Electric, TotalEnergies and Wärtsilä in the Coalition.

Benoît Potier, President and CEO of Air Liquide group, said, “In line with Air Liquide’s commitment in favour of the energy transition, we are pleased to join the Energy of the Future coalition and the 17 major international companies that make it up. We are convinced of the benefits of a collective dynamic. In order to accelerate the energy transition of transport and the entire supply chain, we have to work together to provide concrete solutions and develop synergies. It is indeed by acting today and collectively, to prepare for the future and develop new models of sustainable mobility, that we can have a positive impact on tomorrow’s society.”

Otto Schacht, Member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Sea Logistics, commented, “As a pioneer in sustainable logistics, we are pleased to join the Coalition for the Energies of the Future in Transport and Supply Chain. We are convinced that a collaborative, cross-industry approach will help to achieve the UN climate goals. Together, we strive to offer innovations for CO2-neutral transport solutions, such as the new BioLNG project. As the world’s leading logistics service provider connecting suppliers and customers, Kuehne+Nagel offers concrete sustainable actions for customers through our Net Zero Carbon programme.”

Adam Morton – Head of Environmental Technology, Rolls-Royce plc. said, “We are pleased to join the coalition at a time when there is so much focus across industries to accelerate decarbonisation and drive the development of technologies that will support sustainable growth in the transport and logistics sectors. The coalition’s aims and objectives complement Rolls-Royce’s ambitions and targets recently published in our Net Zero pathway. We believe that collaboration is essential if we are to achieve the transition to net zero carbon and it is through the power of working together that we will succeed.”

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