Thanks to the corporate strategy led by Jacques Saadé and the competence and skills of 18,000 employees, CMA CGM is the world’s third largest container shipping company. After 35 years in business, it is not surprising the Group has been nominated six times this year at the Lloyd’s List Awards and the Containerization Internation (CI) Awards. Specifically, CMA CGM has been nominated for the Environment Award at the LLoyd’s List Awards. Let’s take this opportunity to have a quick look at CMA CGM’s environment policy.
About the CMA CGM Group environmental policy
Being sustainable and protective of the environment are at the center of CMA CGM corporate strategy. As a matter of fact, CMA CGM confirms this strong involvement through the implementation of concrete actions aiming at reducing the impact of its activities and developping the support of new sustainable solutions and technologies.
CMA CGM obtains the best CO2 performance in the industry:
The Group has already reduced its CO2 emissions by 36% per container transported since 2005. 2012 target has been achieved earlier than predicted, in 2011. CMA CGM is now committed to a 50% reduction by 2015. The Group has also chosen to optimize the energy performances of its fleet by reducing vessel speeds. These achievements were recently acknowledged by the Carbon Disclosure Project.
Innovative Ships using the latest environmental technologies
New vessels already meet the energy efficiency requirements for IMO 2025, equivalent to a 30 % improvement of design energy efficiency
- “Exhaust Gas Bypass” system significantly reducing CO2 emissions by 1.5% at low speeds;
- Electronic injection engine reduces fuel and oil consumptions (respectively -3 % and -25%);
- Pre-swirl stator optimizes the hydrodynamics of the vessel and as a result reduces energy consumption and atmospheric emissions by 2 to 4%;
- Twisted leading edge rudder which combined with the Pre-swirl stator also reduces energy expenditures and CO2 emissions;
- An optimized hull design Ballast water treatment system to protect the biodiversity of the oceans;
- Fast Oil recovery system preventing marine pollution from bunkers.
Alternative Propulsion System (LNG) for ever greener ships
This system is based on the use of Natural gas. This innovative system reduces CO2 emissions by 20% and sulfur by almost 100 %
CMA CGM’s project on the design of an Ultra Large ContainerShip fuelled by LNG is expected to be completed by 2015. Design granted approval by BV. Partners: DSME as yard, BV as classification society, CMA CGM as ship owner/operator
Voluntary Commitment to protect the environment through key partnerships
- Clean Cargo Group: For 10 years the CMA CGM Group has been a member of this initiative of which goal is to evaluate and improve freight transport.
- Charte Bleue Amateurs de France: By signing this charter, CMA CGM confirms its commitment to prevent and manage efficiently pollution risks, greenhouse emissions, garbage and waste.
- CMA CGM signed the Fair Winds Charter, committing to switching to cleaner fuel when berthing at Hong Kong.
- The Group has been committed since years to the California Green Flag program and has been awarded in 2012 with a 100 % compliance
Sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions
Through the use of sustainable tools such as Bamboo floor eco containers, light steel containers, low energy reefers and Eko-flor containers, CMA CGM is able to offer eco-friendly alternatives to its customers (10% of the fleet is “eco-friendly”), CMA CGM also developed its own eco-calculator to allow its customers to measure the carbon emissions for each shipment made with CMA CGM.
Greenmodal Transport, an eco-friendly alternative
Created in April 2012; Greenmodal Transport brings together the entire group’s bared land transport activities. Thus Greenmodal is the only French company able to offer to its customer a door to door combining mass transport (rail, barge, and road) with the protection of the environment as a primary objective. The three below companies merged to form Greenmodal Transport.
- The rail transport service carried 64,300 TEUs in 2012, an increase of 9% since 2011>
- The river transport service carried 97,540 TEUs in 2012 (+ 6%)
- The road transport service, previously Land Transport International France, enjoyed renewed growth in 2012 (+ 10% in volumes carried).