CMA CGM, ENGIE partner to develop green shipping fuels

The CMA CGM Group has partnered with ENGIE to decarbonise the shipping industry.

Together, the companies will work to advance the energy transition by championing the industrial-scale production and distribution of synthetic methane and bio-LNG.

The long-term strategic and industrial cooperation has the ambition to support the development of a synthetic methane production and distribution industry that can be used by the shipping sector.

An initial project to produce bio-LNG (liquefied biomethane) for shipping has already been launched by both groups at the Port of Marseille, in partnership with Total Energies and Metropole Aix-Marseille-Provence.

ENGIE Is leading further synthetic methane production industrial projects in which CMA CGM will have the possibility to invest, including through multi-year purchase agreements. These projects will harness a range of technologies, such as pro-gasification or methanation using green hydrogen and captured CO2.

LNG can reduce sulphur oxide emissions by 99%, fine particle emissions by 91% and nitrogen oxide emissions by 92% today. The CMA CGM Group currently accounts for 20 ‘e-methane ready’ vessels equipped with dual-fuel engines and running on LNG, and will have 44 ‘e-methane’ vessels by the end of 2024.

This ‘ground-breaking’ move helped to cut the CMA CGM Group’s overall carbon emissions by 4% in 2020, following on from a 6% reduction in 2019. The group has lowered its carbon emissions per container-kilometre by 49% since 2008.

The dual-fuel gas-power technology developed by CMA CGM and currently using LNG is already capable of using bio-LNG and synthetic methane.

Biomethane can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 67% compared to very low sulphur fuel oil on a well-to-wake basis (the entire value chain). Synthetic methane, meanwhile, can eliminate the vast majority of GHG emissions.

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