CMA CGM joins forces with ENGIE to decarbonize maritime transport


The CMA CGM Group and ENGIE are committed to working together to advance the energy transition by defending the production and distribution on an industrial scale of synthetic methane and BioLNG.

CMA CGM and ENGIE have decided to establish long-term strategic and industrial cooperation focused on the production of carbon-free fuels.

The cooperation aims to support the development of an industry for the production and distribution of synthetic methane that can be used by the maritime sector.

A first project to produce liquefied biomethane (BioLNG) for maritime transport has already been launched by the two groups at the port of Marseille, in partnership with the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis and TotalEnergies.

ENGIE is carrying out other industrial projects for the production of synthetic methane in which CMA CGM will have the opportunity to invest, in particular through multi-year purchase commitments.

These projects will exploit various technologies, such as pyro-gasification or methanation using green hydrogen and captured CO.2.

The CMA CGM Group and ENGIE are investing in research and development with their industrial partners in order to find the energy sources of the future to enable the decarbonisation of the maritime sector.

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In order to ensure the sustainability of the sector, the partnership between CMA CGM and ENGIE will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and R&D work between the two groups, particularly in key technologies such as carbon capture and green hydrogen production.

The partnership also covers the analysis of future regulations, as well as efforts to raise awareness of the benefits of BioLNG and synthetic methane for decarbonization of the shipping industry.

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) can today reduce sulfur oxide emissions by 99%, fine particle emissions by 91% and nitrogen oxide emissions by 92%.

The CMA CGM Group currently has 20 “e-methane ready” vessels equipped with dual-fuel engines and running on LNG and will have 44 “e-methane” vessels by the end of 2024.

This unprecedented decision made it possible to reduce the CMA CGM Group’s overall carbon emissions by 4% in 2020, after a 6% reduction in 2019. The Group has reduced its carbon emissions per container-kilometer by 49% since 2008.

The dual-fuel gas-electricity technology developed by CMA CGM and currently using LNG is already capable of using BioLNG and synthetic methane.

In this context, CMA CGM and ENGIE are joining forces to defend the production and distribution industry.

Biomethane reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 67% compared to VLSFO (Very Low Sulfur Fuel Oil) from the well to waking up (complete value chain). Synthetic methane, on the other hand, will eliminate the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions.

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