Maersk and peer industry allies to team up for sustainable shipping.

BY Tiya Chatterji 31 October, 2019

Maersk is set to join forces with industry peers and customers to develop LEO, which is a blend of lignin and ethanol – that could be part of the future solution for sustainable shipping. Along with Maersk the other sectors to explore this opportunity are Wallenius Wilhelmsen, BMW Group, H&M Group, Levi Strauss & Co. and, Marks & Spencer

The objects that we use every day ranging from food to electronic items to other consumer goods, accounts for global shipping trade. This results in 2-3% of global co2 emissions which is known to increase as the global trade is set to pace up in the near future. These revelations point out towards the direction a sustainable approach.

Maersk and Wallenius Wilhelmsen have joined hands with Copenhagen University and major customers including BMW Group, H&M Group, Levi Strauss & Co. and Marks & Spencer to form the LEO Coalition, which will explore the environmental and commercial viability of LEO fuel for shipping. Lignin is a structural bio-polymer which contributes to the rigidity of plants. Lignin is segregated in large quantities as a byproduct of lingo cellulosic ethanol and pulp and paper mills. It is often incinerated to produce steam and electricity.

The marine sector has very different fuel requirements than automotive or aviation. “Shipping requires low-carbon fuel solutions which can make the leap from the laboratory to the global shipping fleet. Initiatives such as the LEO Coalition are an important catalyst in this process,” explains Søren Toft, Maersk Chief Operating Officer. LEO will be a great step towards sustainable supply of goods globally through the logistics channel.