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Monday, February 10, 2020 

The French CMA CGM Group is joining forces with ‘Energy Observer’, the first hydrogen-powered vessel to embark on a round-the-world voyage.

Energy Observer, formerly a race boat, is now an experimental platform for tomorrow’s energy sources. It is sailing round the world in order to speed up development of innovative solutions for the environment.

The partnership with CMA CGM will deal with the development of cleaner and more sustainable energies to eliminate CO2 emissions, greenhouse gases and air pollutants. It aims to experiment, test and develop energy solutions based on hydrogen, solar, tidal and wind power.

CMA CGM will contribute its industrial expertise as well as its shipping and logistics knowledge to this floating lab, in order to promote the use of hydrogen as a zero-emission fuel source for the shipping industry in the years to come. The company says that hydrogen is a limitless energy source that generates up to four times more energy than coal, and three times more than diesel. The hydrogen used by Energy Observer is made from seawater using on-board renewable sources of electricity (solar, wind and hydropower). Producing and burning hydrogen results in zero greenhouse gas or fine particle emissions. In addition, the company will convert and transport the shipping containers that will make up the ‘Energy Observer Village’, which will travel worldwide to showcase the project.

CMA CGM says it has long been committed to protecting the environment and reducing its carbon footprint. Between 2005 and 2015, the Group reduced its CO2 emissions per container transported by 50%, and it has set itself the target of reducing it by a further 30% between 2015 and 2025.

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