CMA CGM and ENGIE Partner to Decarbonize Shipping


Published Nov 12, 2021 9:09 AM by The Maritime Executive

[By: CMA CGM Group]


The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, and ENGIE, global player in the field of  renewables and energy solutions, have committed to working together to advance the energy  transition by championing the industrial-scale production and distribution of synthetic methane and BioLNG.


Nurture the development of a decarbonized fuel offer for the shipping sector  CMA CGM and ENGIE have decided to establish a long-term strategic and industrial cooperation focused on the production of decarbonized fuels. The 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 liquefied biomethane (BioLNG) for shipping has already been launched by  both groups at the Port of Marseille, in partnership with Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence and  TotalEnergies.  


ENGIE is leading furthersynthetic methane production industrial projects in which CMA CGM will have  the possibility to invest, including by means of multi-year purchase commitments. These projects will  harness various technologies, such as pyro-gasification or methanation using green hydrogen and  captured CO2. 


A partnership enabling the pooling of expertise and R&D capabilities  


The CMA CGM Group and ENGIE are investing in research and development with their industrial  partners in order to find the energy sources of the future to enable the decarbonization of the shipping  sector.  


In order to ensure the durability of the industry, the partnership between CMA CGM and ENGIE will  facilitate the sharing of both groups’ knowledge and R&D work, most notably in key technologies such  as carbon capture and green hydrogen production.  


The partnership also covers the analysis of future regulations, as well as efforts to raise awareness of  the benefits of BioLNG and synthetic methane for the decarbonization of the shipping industry.  


A non-fossil fuel energy source and a substantive commitment to the energy transition in shipping  Liquefied natural gas (LNG) can reduce today sulfur oxide emissions by 99%, fine particle emissions by  91% and nitrogen oxide emissions by 92%. 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 year-end 2024. 


This groundbreaking decision 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-kilometer by 49% since 2008. 


The dual-fuel gas-power technology developed by CMA CGM and currently using LNG is already capable of using BioLNG and synthetic methane. In this context, CMA CGM and ENGIE are joining forces  to champion the production and distribution industry. Biomethane can reduce greenhouse gas  emissions by 67% compared to VLSFO (Very Low Sulfur Fuel Oil) on a well-to-wake basis (entire value  chain). Synthetic methane, meanwhile, will eliminate the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions. 


Two French groups committed to supporting sustainable mobility through the Coalition for the  energy of the future 


In addition, the CMA CGM Group and ENGIE have been working together for several months as part of  the Coalition for the energy of the future launched in late 2019 at the Assises de l’Économie de la Mer conference by Rodolphe Saadé and supported by French President Emmanuel Macron. They continue  to collaborate within the Coalition to drive the development of energy sources and technologies of the  future, to support new models of sustainable mobility and reduce the shipping and logistics industry’s  climate impact. 

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