Green energy coalition launches BioLNG project at Port of Marseille Fos

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The Coalition for the Energy of the Future has launched a feasibility study at the Port of Marseille Fos to advance the production and use of liquified biomethane (BioLNG) for maritime transportation.

In a statement, the Coalition said it will allow the transformation of household waste from the Metropole Aix-Marseille-Provence into BioLNG, which will then be used to mobility from the Port and CMA CGM’s LNG-powered vessels.

BioLNG combined with CMA CGM vessels’ dual fuel engines will allow the reduction of at least 67% greenhouse gas emissions on a well-to-wake basis along the value chain and by 88% on a tank-to-ship basis.

The project is the latest in a series of initiatives launched by the Coalition, including the production and testing of e-methane for the shipping industry, building green warehouses and distribution centres and developing new biofuels for aviation and other areas of the supply chain.

In addition, Rolls-Royce, Kuehne+Nagel Group and Air Liquide have joined the Coalition, according to a statement.

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, said, “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. Was quoted as saying, “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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