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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 

Ahead of the UN Global Compact and as part of the first high-level preparatory talks for the COP26 summit, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, has put forward solutions that he says are immediately available and that contribute to achieving the Group’s objective of being carbon-neutral by 2050.

The CMA CGM Group has supported the production of 12,000t of biomethane (equivalent to a year’s fuel consumption of two 1,400-TEU ships). Biomethane is a renewable green gas produced in part by the methanation of European-sourced organic and plant waste. This energy source is said to represents an example of how the circular economy can work while benefiting the agricultural sector. CMA CGM intends to push ahead with the development of this energy source by investing in biomethane production facilities and studying the viability of liquefaction processes so that biomethane can be rolled out as a shipping fuel.

By supporting biomethane production, CMA CGM says it is accelerating its commitment to leading the energy transition in the shipping sector. The Group cut its overall CO2 emissions by 4% in 2020, following a 6% reduction in 2019. Since 2008, the Group has lowered its CO2 emissions per container-kilometer by 49%.

12,000 tonnes of guarantee-of-origin (GO) biomethane is enough to fuel the equivalent of two 1,400-TEU LNG-powered ships operating on the Northern European Balt3 line between St Petersburg and Rotterdam for a whole year.  Guarantee-of-Origin Biomethane, coupled with CMA CGM’s dual-fuel gas-power technology, is considered to potentially reduce well-to-wake (entire value chain) greenhouse gas emissions (including CO2) by at least 67%. CMA CGM's figures suggest that on a tank-to-wake basis (at ship level), the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions reaches 88% (including CO2).

As of May 2021, the Group’s customers will be able to select biomethane via the 'Act with CMA CGM+' range of services, paving the way for a substantial reduction in the environmental impact of the shipping of their goods. 'ACT with CMA CGM+' provides a range of services designed to enable its customers to analyse, reduce and offset their environmental footprint. CMA CGM says it will continue to embrace the latest technological advances to meet the needs of its customers.

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