Amsterdam, 15 September 2016. Port of Amsterdam and its partner GoodFuels Marine have launched a pilot project involving the use of sustainable marine biofuel for the Port’s own fleet. If the pilot project is successful, the entire Port fleet will start running on this fuel, reducing our carbon footprint by 14 percent.
The initiative is part of the Port’s ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. The diesel used by the Port’s vessels accounts for 50% of this footprint, and the Port is assuming its responsibility by leading by example and promoting clean shipping. Biofuels are fuels produced from organic material (biomass) rather than from fossil sources such as oil and gas. GoodFuels produces these biofuels exclusively from sustainable waste streams.
This pilot project will help Port of Amsterdam in its efforts to become more sustainable. The Port has launched several other, related initiatives, including an expansion of the number of shore power points and LNG bunker facilities and investments in solar and wind energy. She is also actively working to reduce nuisance by installing odour detectors (known as eNoses) and insulating homes.
Marleen van de Kerkhof, Harbour Master at Port of Amsterdam:
“The impact of shipping on our climate and the environment is becoming increasingly topical. The shipping industry must continue to clean up its act and we would like to contribute to that. The use of marine biofuels also represents an important step in improving the sustainability of our own operations.”
Doryan Daamen, Commercial Director Marine at GoodFuels:
“Port of Amsterdam has supported us from the very start in developing the market for sustainable marine fuel. We are therefore delighted to join our efforts and set an example for other ports and vessel operators. For the immediate future, we will continue to source and produce our fuels mostly from waste streams such as used cooking oil. But we are currently working – also actively with the Port involved – to develop new marine biofuel streams that can be scaled up significantly.”
For this pilot project the Port decided to use hydrogenated marine biofuel. The clean hydrogen gas used in the production process cleared the raw materials of any impurities, leaving behind biofuel of an extremely high quality. The pilot project will run for approximately four months.
GoodFuels is engaged in the development, supply and promotion of sustainable biofuels for shipping, heavy road transport, railway transport and industrial equipment with the objective of improving the global environment and making it carbon-neutral. The fuels produced by GoodFuels can be readily used as a substitute for fossil fuels, without the need to make any adjustments to engines (this type of fuel is known as “drop-in fuel”) and reduces carbon footprint by up to 85%-90% (“well-to-wheel”). All fuels produced by GoodFuels are highly sustainable and comply with the highest sustainability criteria as set out by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). GoodFuels also maintains an independent sustainability board (whose members include leading NGOs and academics) which advises GoodFuels on making the most responsible fuel choices in the long and short term.