By Editorial PortalPortuario.cl
Virgin Voyages announced that it has partnered with independent sustainability experts, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), together with three leading providers of sustainable waste-based fuels to deliver this low-carbon element to the marine industry. Argent Energy, GoodFuels Y Twelve are collaborating with the cruise line to further advance the carrier’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050.
Recognizing that there is currently no one-size-fits-all low-carbon fuel solution, the Richard Branson will sign long-term agreements for sustainable marine fuels with these suppliers, including plans to add others over time. Virgin Voyages estimates that by switching to sustainable marine fuels, the line will reduce its fuel life cycle carbon emissions by 75% or more.
“We must transition to lower carbon fuel sources as soon as possible. We could do this today with our existing engines if more sustainable fuels were available at ports of call. Unfortunately, these fuels are not yet widely available and, in most cases, are not cost competitive,” he said. Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages.
Decarbonising the marine sector is an ocean task and Virgin Voyages’ decision to use Argent Energy as a provider of sustainable marine fuels demonstrates the importance of waste-based biodiesel as a key strategy in that task. Erik Rietkerk, CEO of Argent. Energy.
“This partnership with Virgin Voyages signifies the cruise industry’s readiness to structurally decarbonize its operations. We applaud Virgin Voyages for recognizing sustainable marine biofuel (SMF) as the only viable alternative to fossil fuels today.” Nikolas Nikolaidis, GoodFuels Business Manager.
“Twelve is dedicated to using our carbon transformation technology to replace fossil fuels in the hardest-to-reduce sectors, including maritime travel. We are delighted to launch our sustainable marine fuel, E-MarineTM, in partnership with Virgin Voyages,” he said. Nicholas Flanders, co-founder and CEO of Twelve.
“I know we will be able to make a significant impact by driving the shift to sustainable marine fuels that advance climate goals and deliver positive social and environmental benefits,” he said. Elena Schmidt, executive director of RSB.
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Richard Branson’s Cruise Line Partners with Argent Energy, GoodFuels and Twelve – PortalPortuario