BMW Group joins UECC and GoodShipping in further biofuel trials for decarbonization of sea transport
After having announced a three-month biofuel trial (earlier post), leading short sea shipowner UECC and the GoodShipping Program have now partnered with the BMW Group to continue to test marine Bio Fuel-Oil (BFO) on UECC’s ‘roll-on, roll-off’ (ro-ro) car carrying vessels. BMW Group joins UECC and the GoodShipping Program in the previously announced trial, where BFO is being tested on UECC’s 140m, 2,080-vehicle carrier M/V Autosky.
By covering the fuel premium for a biofuel volume corresponding to BMW Group’s freight that will be shipped on the Autosky during the trial period, BMW Group will be able to claim a CO2 emission reduction of 80 to 90% for these shipments, totalling more than 400 tonnes of carbon.
This is a significant and important step towards achieving a carbon-neutral supply chain for BMW, and is the core aim of the GoodShipping Program, which enables cargo owners to reduce their environmental footprint.
The first volume of biofuel was delivered to M/V Autosky on 16 March 2020 in the Port of Rotterdam. The trial has and will see subsequent further refuelling operations between March and July 2020. M/V Autosky is currently testing BFO on the route between Zeebrugge, Belgium and Santander, Spain.
The BFO—based on cooking oil.dbeing used for this trial was supplied by the leading biofuel company GoodFuels. The marine biofuel drops-in to normal fuel tanks, is virtually sulfur oxide (SOx) free and delivers 80 to 90% well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents.
The calculation of the original CO2 footprint and the expected Scope Three emission reductions for BMW Group were made in line with the GLEC Framework, a universal method for calculating logistics emissions developed by the non-profit Smart Freight Centre.
In the following months, further options for continuing marine biofuel uptake within the ro-ro segment will be pursued.