Sustainable transport pioneers unite around landmark carbon-neutral bunkering

As the COP26 climate summit held discussions specifically focused on transport, sustainable cargo initiative GoodShipping announced a new partnership with 18 companies that will substantially reduce emissions from shipping with a series of bunkerings of sustainable marine biofuel.
Sustainable transport pioneers unite around landmark carbon-neutral bunkering
Courtesy of GoodShipping

The Ship to Zero initiative, a COP26-dedicated decarbonisation campaign, will cut around 4,000 tonnes of emitted CO2. brings together organisations spanning a range of nations and industries, including food production, consumer goods, chemicals, textiles, machinery and logistics, and all of which are united in their commitment to make an immediate and tangible climate impact.

The initial partners of the initiative are Bugaboo, Cocoasource, DHL Global Forwarding, Dille & Kamille, Dopper, Geelen Counterflow, Lenzing, Loods5, Lush, Matsen Chemie, Nine & Co, Regent Ingredients, Samskip, Sipsmith, Tony’s Chocolonely, YOGI Tea, Yumeko and Zaytoun. The aim of the campaign is to demonstrate that making real climate impact is already possible today, and to provide an example to all the policy decisionmakers in Glasgow.

Each partner has committed to a specific reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to the transport of their products or services. Translating these pledges into tangible, traceable and demonstrable climate impact, GoodShipping has completed the first bio-bunkering of the container ship Samskip Innovator, during which fossil fuels were replaced by 100 percent sustainable biofuels. The partnership will see biofuels used for a total of four or five trips from Rotterdam to Hull (UK), and around 4,000 tonnes of CO2 will be reduced as a result.

The refuelling has been achieved in partnership with GoodFuels, whose advanced biofuels deliver an 80-90 percent well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction and are produced from certified renewable feedstocks. These include among others used cooking oil and waste animal fats, which are labelled as 100 percent waste or residues that cannot be used for any higher quality application or recycling. These feedstocks are approved by an independent sustainability board, to make sure all biofuels used meet the highest sustainability requirements.

Because GoodShipping is based on the mass balance principle – the concept that all carbon is emitted into the same atmosphere – the vessel being refuelled will not necessarily carry the cargo that the partner companies have decided to transport carbon neutrally. The CO2 reductions can be enabled on another oceangoing vessel, with GoodShipping’s strict accountability criteria ensuring that the partners’ decarbonisation commitments are delivered.

“The Ship to Zero initiative demonstrates that concrete climate action is possible now, and that a tangible impact can be achieved by taking small steps together and breaking down barriers to collaboration across industries” said Tina Trinks, Commercial Manager at GoodShipping. “Given the urgency of the climate crisis, there is no time to waste, and cargo owners have a unique opportunity to move from intentions to action. “We applaud the leadership of the partners who are working together to contribute to a better world for us all. Luckily, solutions are already available today, and our carbon insetting solution is a positive, easy and affordable way for proactive cargo owners to reduce emissions from their supply chains. We invite more companies to take the next step towards carbon-neutral transportation now and join us in this unique partnership.”

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