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Maersk: Nestlé uses sea transportation with biofuels

With Nestlé, the container shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk has gained a customer that relies on transportation with biofuels.

The food company is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in sea freight by using Maersk’s ECO Delivery solution for 100% of the cargo that the shipping company transported across the world’s oceans for Nestlé in 2023[ds_preview].

There is an option to extend this for 2024 and beyond, the shipping company says. Greenhouse gas emissions by sea are more than 80% lower compared to the use of conventional fossil fuels.

With ECO Delivery Ocean, sea transportation can be handled entirely with certified green fuels, such as second-generation biofuels based on waste materials. These fuels replace conventional fossil fuels on container ships in the Maersk fleet. The corresponding emission savings are confirmed to customers with a certificate.

Maersk aims to become climate-neutral by 2040

“This is a very decisive step by Nestlé to use ECO Delivery for 100% of its sea transportation with Maersk. We are proud and excited to enable these significant emission savings,” says Johan Sigsgaard, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer Ocean at A.P. Moller – Maersk.

“We as Maersk have the offerings with green fuels like ECO Delivery, but it still requires such a clear and strong commitment as now from Nestlé to actually realize the decarbonization of shipping and shore-side logistics. For this reason, we are very grateful for the positive feedback we are getting from customers like Nestlé who are buying ECO Delivery for all their ocean freight. This really makes a difference and has a positive effect on the climate and our world,” Sigsgaard continues. Maersk has set itself the goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in all business areas by 2040.

With this agreement, Nestlé is one of the largest ECO Delivery customers in terms of volume, it says. Since 2023, the container shipping company has seen a trend towards more and more leading global and national companies using the ECO Delivery solution for their entire sea freight, which means considerable additional financial expenditure for customers.

On the other hand, ECO Delivery guarantees direct emission savings and the transports are exempt from future surcharges under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). In addition, unlike conventional fossil ship fuels, customers benefit from fixed prices for the green fuels. ECO Delivery is already or will soon be available for air freight and land transportation in certain countries, according to the shipping company.

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