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    CMA CGM offers customers biogas-fuelled transport


The company plans to buy 12,000 metric tons of guarantee-of-origin biomethane for shipping fuel.

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CMA CGM offers customers biogas-fuelled transport

French shipping group CMA CGM will start offering its customers biomethane-fuelled transport in May to help them reduce their carbon footprint, it said on April 8.

The company plans to buy 12,000 metric tons of guarantee-of-origin biomethane, which is enough to power two 1,400-teu LNG-powered ships for an entire year on the Northern European Balt3 line between St Petersburg and Rotterdam. Biomethane use can help reduce well-to-wake greenhouse gas emissions by at least 67% and tank-to-wake emissions by 88%, according to CMA CGM.

"We have crossed a new step with the launch of the first low-carbon shipping offer based on biomethane," CMA CGM CEO Rodolphe Saade said in a statement. "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 complementary to each other."

CMA CGM managed to reduce its own CO2 emissions by 4% in 2020, following a 6% cut in the previous year. It has managed a 49% reduction in CO2 emissions per container-km by 49% over the past five years. The company ordered nine large-sized LNG containerships in 2017 from China State Shipbuilding Corp, with the first joining its fleet in last September. The vessel, CMA CGM Jacques Saade, was bunkered in November with a mix of LNG and bio-LNG by France's Total.