The CMA CGM Group has entered into a long-term partnership with ENGIE, a global player in the field of renewables and energy solutions, focused on the production of and distribution of synthetic methane and liquefied biomethane (BioLNG).
The two companies are investing in research and development with their industrial partners with the aim to find the energy sources of the future to enable the decarbonisation of the shipping sector.
An initial project to produce BioLNG for shipping has already been launched by both groups at the Port of Marseille, in partnership with Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence and TotalEnergies.
ENGIE is leading further synthetic methane production industrial projects in which CMA CGM will have the possibility to invest including by means of multi-year purchase commitments.
These projects will harness various technologies, such as pyro-gasification or methanation using green hydrogen and captured CO2.
The partnership between the two companies will facilitate the sharing of both groups’ knowledge and R&D work.
It also covers the analysis of future regulations, as well as efforts to raise awareness of the production of synthetic methane and BioLNG for the decarbonisation of the shipping industry.
Additionally, CMA CGM and ENGIE have been working together for several months as part of the Coalition for the energy of the future, launched in late 2019.
The two companies continue to collaborate within the Coalition to drive the development of energy sources and technologies of the future and to support new models of sustainable mobility and reduce the shipping and logistics industry’s climate impact.
CMA CGM currently accounts for 20 e-methane ready vessels equipped with dual-fuel engines and running on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and will have 44 e-methane vessels by year-end 2024.
Today LNG can reduce sulphur oxide emissions by 99%, fine particle emissions by 91% and nitrogen oxide emissions by 92%.
CMA CGM’s shift to LNG helped to cut its overall carbon emissions by 4% in 2020, following on from a 6% reduction in 2019.
The group has lowered its carbon emissions per container-km by 49% since 2008.
While it is currently using LNG, the dual-fuel gas-power technology developed by CMA CGM is already capable of using BioLNG and synthetic methane.
Biomethane can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 67% compared to very low sulphur fuel oil on a well-to-wake bases.
On the other hand, CMA CGM stated that synthetic methane will eliminate the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions.