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Rodolphe Saadé vows to make CMA CGM carbon neutral by 2050

Rodolphe Saadé was among a high-level Zoom panel speaking yesterday at the United Nations Global Compact gathering during which he vowed to make the French liner carbon neutral by 2050, treading a similar path to Maersk, which became the first carrier 18 months ago to set out a carbon neutral policy.

Saadé said on Tuesday that CMA CGM would aim to have 10% of its energy supplies to be made up of alternative fuels by 2023 and that it would be carbon neutral in 30 years’ time, far exceeding current International Maritime Organization (IMO) greenhouse gas goals for 2050.

CMA CGM said yesterday it has already met an initial IMO target for the shipping industry to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40% in 2030 compared with 2008 levels.

CMA CGM has been the biggest adopter of LNG propulsion to date and has recently teamed with Shell to use biofuel on a tranche of its fleet. The fuel is composed of 80% of low sulphur fuel oil and 20% biofuel made of used cooking oil.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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