Boskalis Nederland and biofuel supplier GoodFuels have announced a long-term partnership aimed at furthering Boskalis’ sustainable practices. Reducing CO2 emissions is one of Boskalis’ long-term objectives. A 35 percent reduction in the CO2 emitted by the fleet and equipment in the Netherlands will be an important step towards achieving this ambition.
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Boskalis Nederland's relationship with GoodFuels began in 2015. From the very beginning Boskalis was a "believer" in the potential of advanced biofuels for shipping. With the "Boskalis on Bio" program in partnership with GoodFuels and Wärtsilä, Boskalis has aided in the creation of a global market for advanced biofuels for shipping.
Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO of GoodFuels commented, “After the successful evaluation of the extensive pilot program we are proud to continue our partnership by using biofuels on Boskalis’ equipment in the Netherlands, thus further reducing CO2 emissions.”
Various trials conducted by Boskalis Nederland have shown that sustainable biofuels perform well while reducing CO2 emissions by 90 percent compared with fossil fuels. On the Marker Wadden project in 2016 the Boskalis cutter suction dredger Edax dredged for six months using a B50 biofuel blend, 50 percent of which consisted of residual products from the paper industry and resulted in a large CO2 reduction. Boskalis Nederland now uses this fuel not only for its vessels but also for its dry earthmoving equipment and trucks.
GoodFuels’ biofuels are made out of pure sustainable residual flows which don’t compete with the food chain or result in the deforestation of rainforests. It all takes place under the supervision of an independent sustainability board consisting of leading NGOs and academics.