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Volkswagen partners GoodFuels to run biofuel roro operations

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Car manufacturer Volkswagen Group has chosen marine biofuel supplier GoodFuels to supply biofuels to run its car carrier shipments for a fossil-free transport operation.

GoodFuels is supplying the advanced Bio-Fuel Oil (MR1-100 or BFO) at Vlissingen, the Netherlands.

The roro carrier Patara was bunkered with 100% biofuel which reduced the vessel’s CO2 emissions by a minimum of 85%, and all SOx emissions on voyages between Emden, Dublin, Santander and Setubal with Volkswagen’s cargo.

“By partnering with Volkswagen Group Logistics, we are showcasing that sustainable biofuels are a scalable, truly sustainable, technically compliant, affordable, and market-ready solution. The coming years are going to be momentous in terms of our decarbonisation journey, so we want to continue working with the market leaders to help make a real difference,” commented Isabel Welten, chief commercial officer at GoodFuels.

GoodFuels’ BFO is a sustainably sourced biofuel recipe from various certified feedstocks labelled as waste or residue. The BFO ‘drops in’ to normal fuel tanks, meaning no hardware changes are needed to realise instant emissions impact.

The partnership comes at a time when the shipping industry is under increasing pressure to comply with environmental regulatory changes and reduce its environmental impact.

Looking ahead, GoodFuels said further options for upscaling the usage of marine biofuel as an alternative to fossil fuels within the roro segment will be pursued.

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