IKEA wants to speed up the use of biofuels among shipping companies

IKEA sees biofuel as a long-term solution and wants to speed up the use of it. With LNG it is a different matter. ShippingWatch has interviewed Global Sustainability Manager in IKEA Transport & Logistics Services Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld about IKEA's CO2 reduction efforts.

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Being a global company with ownership and roots in Greta Thunberg's homeland, Sweden, in and of itself sets high standards in terms of reducing CO2 footprints. Being a highly consumer-driven company with public exposure sets the bar even higher. And if one adds that IKEA Transport & Logistics Services (IKEA TLS) ranks among the largest shippers worldwide, there are plenty of reasons why the gigantic furniture supplier has ambitious decarbonization goals – and why container carriers should pay attention to its sustainability policies.

Only a couple of weeks ago, IKEA TLS, along with CMA CGM and GoodShipping, completed the test of a blend of conventional fossil fuels and a newly developed biofuel that took place on board container vessel Alexander von Humboldt between northern Europe and Asia in September and October. And the test was successful, say the partners.

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