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Volkswagen Group Reduces Carbon Emissions Of Its Car Freighters By 85%

Volkswagen is continuing its push to lower carbon emissions from all its operations, including the ocean going ships that deliver the cars and trucks it manufactures to foreign markets.


Last year it began using two new cargo ships powered by liquid natural gas for trans-Atlantic voyages. Using LNG lowers carbon emissions by 25%, nitrogen oxide emissions by 30% and fine particulates by 60%. In addition, the ships emit no sulfur oxides at all.

Now Volkswagen has taken another step down the path of reducing emissions from its distribution channel by partnering with GoodFuels, the leading marine biofuels supplier for the global maritime industry.

The roll on/roll off car carrier Patara, which makes regular trips from the port of Emden in Lower Saxony to Dublin in Ireland, Santander in Spain, and Setubal in Portugal with new Volkswagens on board, was recently fueled with 100% GoodFuels Bio-Fuel Oil, which reduced the vessels carbon emissions by 85% and eliminated all SOx emissions as well.

BFO is a sustainably sourced biofuel made from a variety of certified feedstocks that have been classified as waste or residue.

BFO ‘drops in’ to normal fuel tanks, meaning no hardware changes are needed to obtain the lower emissions that come from using a sustainable fuel.

It’s all well and good to cheer the EV revolution, but all those electric cars have to get from the factory into the hands of customers somehow.

“Decarbonizing the distribution process is a big part of achieving the overall goal of reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector.”

Reference- GoodFuels Online PR, Volkswagen Online Newsroom, Clean Technica, Eletrek