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ESSEN/GENEVA: The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has signed an agreement with German logistics company DB Schenker to use 12,000 tonnes of biofuel to carry up to 30,000 TEUs for the company’s consolidated cargo, less-than-container load (LCL), full-container-load (FCL) and refrigerated containers.

The amount purchased by Schenker is enough to save an additional 35,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents (CO2e) along the entire production chain (well-to-wake).

The purchase agreement sets out the use of certified sustainable, second-generation biofuels - derived from used cooking oil - instead of conventional fossil-based marine fuel.

The result will be approximately 50,000 tonnes of blended biofuel to be used in MSC’s container ships.

Similar to net-zero flights using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), customers can now book regular net-zero ocean transport and receive an annual certificate of their emission reduction for their carbon footprint.

“Decarbonizing ocean freight cannot be achieved by a single player and requires collaboration between shipping and logistics companies and their customers,” declares MSC senior vice president Caroline Becquart.

[The] “MSC Biofuel Solution is our first certified carbon insetting program that reduces emissions in our customers’ supply chains, accelerating the energy transition by creating demand for net-zero-carbon shipping and delivering direct CO2 savings. We’re delighted to partner with DB Schenker, with whom we share similar climate ambitions along our collective journey to net zero.”

MSC says its program enables CO2 savings throughout the value chain rather than carbon offsetting that focuses on future emission reductions outside the shipping industry.

Headquartered in Geneva, MSC was founded in 1970 and remains privately owned by Gianluigi Aponte and his family. The group employs over 150,000 people in 675 offices across 155 countries worldwide.
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