CMA CGM Cut Carbon Emissions 15 Percent in Five Years

CMA CGM Cut Carbon Emissions 15 Percent in Five Years

CMA CGM cut the amount of carbon emitted by its fleet of containerships 15 percent in the last five years, the ocean carrier said Wednesday.

The French carrier said it achieved the reduction through a wide variety of measures, of which the most important was its decision to equip its new vessels with the latest environmental technologies, including electronically controlled engines, improved hydrodynamics and waste recycling.

It said these measures reduced the carbon discharge from these vessels to only 52 grams of CO2 per kilometer per 20-foot-equivalent container unit.

CMA CGM is No. 3 on the JOC list of Top 15 Container Fleet Operators.

CMA CGM plans to cut CO2 emissions for its fleet as a whole to 82 grams per kilometer per TEU by the end of 2011. “Since 2005, we have been steadily reducing our CO2 emissions down from 116 grams to 86 grams per km/TEU,” said Philippe Borel, environment director CMA CGM Group.

The world’s third-largest carrier plans to optimize the energy performance of its fleet by reducing vessel speed whenever possible, a decision it said has cut both carbon emissions and consumption of fuel.

CMA CGM is also using eco-containers. Its fleet includes 130,000 eco-containers with bamboo flooring, low energy reefers (reducing energy consumption by as much as a third) and light steel containers, made of highly resistant and much lighter steel. A few weeks ago, the group launched a trial of new “eko-flor” containers made with composite flooring containing no wood.

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