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Enviva, MOL to develop green marine transport for wood pellets

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Enviva has partnered with Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL), a global marine transport group, to develop and deploy an environmentally friendly bulk carrier.

Under the memorandum of understanding agreement, the firms will aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the ocean transportation of sustainable wood pellets.

In the initial stage, the partnership will explore the environmental benefits, commercial, and operational feasibilities of various technologies. This will include the ‘Wind Challenger’, a cargo ship design with a hard sail, which would reduce emissions by harnessing wind power. MOL has been jointly studying the technology with cross-industrial partners.

“Enviva is very excited to partner with MOL on this innovative project to reduce GHG emissions in our supply chain,” said Thomas Meth, executive vice-president of sales and marketing at Enviva.

“In our recently announced goal of achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2030, we committed to proactively engage with our partners and other key stakeholders to adopt clean energy solutions in our supply chain and this is one of the first opportunities for us to explore carbon reductions in our Scope 3 emissions.

“MOL has been a long-term shipping partner of Enviva, providing a consistently professional and reliable shipping service, and we look forward to our new level of partnership which will positively impact climate mitigation and reduce carbon emissions.”

Toshiaki Tanaka, managing executive officer and chief environment and sustainability officer at MOL, said the company is “truly excited” about the partnership, which coincides with the launch of its new business entity, MOL Drybulk, this April.

“By integrating the various areas of dry bulk business, among our group, MOL Drybulk will aim to improve our service and provide solutions to meet the various needs of our customers, including the reduction of emissions from our shipping service. This is not an easy challenge, especially when we aim to introduce new technologies such as the Wind Challenger, so it is extremely encouraging to have Enviva as our partner, whose core mission is to fight climate change, and with its passion and determination, have proved that it can make a difference.”

If you wish to learn more about what Enviva is doing in the biomass sector, Thomas Meth, executive vice-president of sales and marketing, will be speaking at this year’s International Biomass Congress & Expo in Brussels on 19-20 October. For more information go to: bioenergy-news.com/conference.