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Tuesday, May 18, 2021 

Cosmetics company Clarins has committed to play its part in the decarbonisation of shipping by signing an agreement with new French shipowner Neoline to use Neoline's proposed sail-powered merchant vessels to transport its products across the Atlantic.

The independent French Clarins group says it is aware of the environmental, social and ethical challenges of its activities, so is actively involved in the energy transition of its transport logistics. In this search for solutions, the group has made a commitment to Neoline and its project for a merchant fleet that uses sails as its main propulsion system.

Clarins has already achieved carbon neutrality, and aims for a 30% reduction in its carbon footprint by 2025. Neoline's solution relies on clean and renewable wind energy as the main propulsion for its cargo ships, which will be 136m in length, and equipped with 4200m2 of sails.

The pilot line, departing from Saint Nazaire - Montoir de Bretagne, will serve the ports of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Halifax and Baltimore, first with a single vessel and adding a second in rotation, with a departure every two weeks.

The agreement signed refers to Clarins' commitment to reserve 20% of its exports to the US for transport aboard Neoline's sailing cargo ships between Saint Nazaire and Baltimore starting in 2023.

“Guided by our ClarinsWeCare CSR promise to care for people and to care for the planet, we are acting with determination to reduce our carbon footprint by 2025. With this partnership, we are pioneering the way forward for our sector and are proud to support Neoline and to take a new step towards making life more beautiful and passing on a more beautiful planet,” said Virginie Courtin-Clarins, EVP Clarins.

Neoline president Jean Zanuttini said: “We are very pleased to provide Clarins with the cleanest shipping solution to reach its market in the Americas. Clarins' range of premium and responsible cosmetics will cross the Atlantic to Baltimore on board our sailing cargo ships, reducing its environmental footprint by 90% compared to conventional shipping. As we enter the final phase of negotiations with financiers and the shipyard and prepare to launch the construction of our first Neoliner this Summer, Clarins’ commitment to us is a strong signal.”

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