Höegh Autoliners completes its first carbon neutral voyage

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Source: Höegh Autoliners, 2021-03-22

On 19 March, Höegh Autoliners accelerated its decarbonisation efforts successfully completing its first carbon neutral voyage from Europe to South Africa. During this voyage the New Horizon vessel Höegh Trigger ran on advanced biofuels meeting the highest sustainability standards. The successful trial voyage showed that biofuel is a viable choice for vessels in the fleet.

Höegh Autoliners is working closely with customers and partners in reducing its carbon footprint and supporting customers in decarbonising their logistics supply chain. Using advanced biofuels to run existing fleets has a strong potential to significantly reduce emissions today, while new ship technologies evolve. Andreas Enger, CEO at Höegh Autoliners said ''We are committed to leading the way towards a zero emissions future. The success of this trial voyage demonstrates that with the use of alternative fuels like biofuel, we can contribute to significant steps towards decarbonisation in the maritime transportation industry. Our company and customers have high ambitions to combat climate change, and we are committed to delivering on that.''

GoodFuels’ biofuel was chosen for the test run as it’s virtually free of sulphur oxides and reduces the vessel’s carbon emissions by up to 90%. The remaining emissions generated were offset through certificates from Gold Standard, to make the voyage truly carbon neutral. Isabel Welten, Chief Commercial Officer at GoodFuels, says ''We are proud to supply our truly sustainable biofuels. Working with shipping operators like Höegh Autoliners, we contribute to making ocean transport more sustainable and together play an essential role in reducing CO2 emissions in the maritime industry.''

Höegh Autoliners operates some of the greenest and largest PCTC vessels in the world: The New Horizon series can transport up to 8500 car equivalent units and were designed to minimise its impact on the environment. The vessels are equipped with the latest fuel-saving technologies, reducing CO2 emissions per car equivalent unit by 50% compared with standard car carriers.

Höegh Autoliners aims to contribute to sustainable development by operating as a socially responsible shipping company; actively integrating social and environmental concerns in business operations. As a patron of the UN Global Compact Action platform for sustainable ocean business, Höegh Autoliners is committed to conducting business in a safe, responsible and transparent manner. Sustainability activities are focusing on reducing the environmental footprint, protecting life below the sea and being a responsible business partner as well as a safe and inclusive workplace.

To support a more sustainable maritime industry, Höegh Autoliners works with organisations that drive sustainable development initiatives: Höegh Autoliners is a member of Clean Cargo. This business leadership initiative is dedicated to reducing the environmental impacts of global goods transportation, promoting responsible shipping, supporting clean oceans, healthy port communities and global climate goals. Höegh Autoliners is furthermore one of the founding members of the Trident Alliance, a coalition of shipping owners and operators who share a common interest in robust enforcement of maritime Sulphur regulations.


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