Home appliance manufacturer Electrolux announced today agreements with shipping companies Maersk and CMA CGM Group that enable the company to use sustainable fuels for 25% of its total sea freight. The agreements will result in reductions in Electrolux’s ocean transport greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 15% this year.
Electrolux stated that it is working toward reducing its transport emissions by 50% by 2025, and that the new agreements will help the company to reach this target.
Carsten Franke, Electrolux Chief Operating Officer, said:
“These partnerships put Electrolux at the forefront in terms of the percentage of the total volume of products being transported in a more sustainable way. As we continuously contract increasing volumes of biofuel for sea transportation, we are also supporting the overall market development toward more sustainable practices for shipping goods across the world.”
The new agreements will allow Electrolux to ship 80,000 twenty-foot equivalent containers (TEU) using Maersk’s biofuel, which is based on certified waste oils such as used cooking oil, and CMA CGM’s solution based on LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) and guarantee of origin biomethane.
According to Electrolux, Maersk’s second-generation biofuel is a blend of used cooking oil and standard fuel, which generates 88% less GHG emissions compared to bunker fuel, while CMA CGM Group’s CLEANER Energy LNG solution reduces GHG emissions by 25% compared with bunker fuel.
Kim Pedersen, Head of Sales & Marketing, Maersk, said:
“To ensure significant emissions reductions in this decade and to help our customers decarbonize their supply chains, we are offering the most sustainable product available in the market right now. We are delighted that Electrolux has chosen Maersk ECO Delivery to assist them on their journey towards net zero. To Maersk, achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 is a strategic imperative. Collaborating with our customers is essential to deliver on our ambitious, mutual climate goals.”
Laurent Olmeta, Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Asia Pacific, added:
“With the largest fleet of e-methane ready vessels already deployed, the CMA CGM Group is able to help shippers like Electrolux make significant strides in de-carbonizing shipping. As more shippers move their cargoes on sustainable fuels through our range of ACT with CMA CGM+ solutions, we are building on the economics for alternative fuels to accelerate the energy transition in shipping.”