CMA CGM’s Chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saadé has announced that the shipping group aims to be carbon neutral by 2050 and its ‘energy supplies will include 10% alternative fuels by 2023’.
Saadé was speaking at yesterday’s (2 June) UN Global Compact online conference – which also saw the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) propose a ‘Circle of Collaboration’ to drive maritime decarbonisation.
Saadé said that the 2050 objective is ‘a new step for [the CMA CGM] Group, which is on track to reduce by 40% its CO2 emissions per tonne transported per km by 2030’.
The CMA CGM CEO added: ‘In 2019, we reduced our total CO2 emissions by 6%. These significant reductions were made possible thanks to our mobilisation, the technological innovations implemented and an improved management of vessels operations.’
As part of its efforts to broaden its energy supplies beyond traditional marine fuels, CMA CGM has made major investments in LNG-powered vessels and it has also been exploring more futuristic fuels. In February, for example, CMA CGM joined forces with the team behind Energy Observer – the first hydrogen-powered vessel to embark on a round-the-world voyage – in an initiative which aims to ‘experiment, test and develop energy solutions based on hydrogen, solar, tidal and wind power’.