World Innovation: CMA CGM first shipping company to choose liquefied natural gas for its biggest ships

November 7, 2017

Firmly committed to the protection of the environment, CMA CGM becomes the first shipping company in the world to equip its future giant containerships with engines using liquefied natural gas (LNG), a technological innovation for a drastic reduction of pollutant emissions.

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As a leading worldwide shipping Group CMA CGM’s guiding principle places the protection of the environment at the heart of its sustainability policy.

Maritime transport is, as of today, the most ecological means of transportation. By investing in innovation, CMA CGM wishes to reassert this fact and make sea shipping a model of environmental protection.

CMA CGM uses innovation as an answer to tackle three major strategic stakes

International partnerships

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To bolster its numerous actions, CMA CGM is also involved in various voluntary initiatives pushing the boundaries of the maritime industry.

Partnerships are established with international organizations such as the Clean Cargo Group, the Green Flag Initiative, the Charte Bleue Armateur de France, the Environmental Ship Index, or the Greend Port Schenzen Convention.

Clean Cargo Working Group: companies working together

CMA CGM environmentThe CMA CGM Group has been a member of the Clean Cargo Working Group since 2003 along with other freighters, industrial and shipping companies, all working on sustainable development.

The Clean Cargo Working Group aims at designing methodologies to assess and improve container transport efficiency. This group is known for creating the C02 emissions calculation process.

Charte Bleue Armateurs de France: safety and environmental care

CMA CGM environmentThe CMA CGM Group is a signatory to the « Charte Bleue Armateurs de France », promoting actions to bolster maritime safety and environmental protection. By being a member, CMA CGM is committed to prevent and control pollution risks, decrease its air emissions, and manage wastes in a responsible manner.

Shenzhen Port Green Convention

CMA CGM environmentThe « Shenzhen Port Green Convention », created on April 1st 2015, is an initiative created by Shenzhen’s Ministry of Transport. It is part of a region-wide plan to improve air quality. Maritime companies are committed to use a high quality fuel (with a sulphur level below 0.5%) when their ships are docked in Chiwan, Yantian, and Shekou.

CMA CGM vessels involved in this program are using fuel with sulfur levels not exceeding 0.1%. This initiative will reduce SOx emissions by 95%, NOx emisions by 9%, and fine particle pollution by 86%, thus substantially improving air quality in the Pearl River Delta.

Awards and certifications

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CMA CGM’s commitment to the environment and a sustainable policy was rewarded numerous times by players of the industry and recognized organizations.

ISO 14001 certificate

ISO 14001In 2013, CMA Ships, CMA CGM's subsidiary bringing together all the branches of activity dealing with managing the vessel fleet and its crew members, received the ISO 14001 certificate, which has been renewed each year ever since. In 2016, the CMA CGM fleet has been granted the triple certification Quality, Safety & Environment.

ISO 14001 is the international environmental standard. It is a tool to improve both the management and the environmental performance of CMA Ships.

The renewal of the ISO 14 001 certification and the continued efforts in terms of energy efficiency remain the top priorities for the owned fleet towards the ultimate objectives of excellence and reduction of the fleet’s footprint on the environment.

Blue Circle Award: CMA CGM awarded for its voluntary efforts to reduce air emissions

CMA CGM environmentCMA CGM received the Blue Circle Award by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority rewarding the Group’s voluntary efforts to reduce air emissions. CMA CGM, has been a recipient of this award four times consecutively since 2013.

Green Flag Initiative: CMA CGM awarded for slower speed

CMA CGM environmentCMA CGM was awarded by the Port of Long Beach (California) within the context of the “Green Flag” program. This program requires vessels to reduce their speed within 20 nautical miles around the port allowing a significant decrease of greenhouse gas emissions and an improvement of air quality.

Containerisation International

CMA CGM environmentIn 2015, CMA CGM received the « Containerisation International Awards » for Best Environmental campaign.

Lloyds List Corporate Social Responsibility Award

CMA CGM environmentIn 2014, CMA CGM received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award for its social actions initiated by the Corporate Foundation as well as its environment and overall management policies.

Ecovadis Sustainability – Gold Recognition Level

CMA CGM environmentCMA CGM’s commitment for the environment can also be observed through official ratings. The group obtained the “Gold Level” standard from the rating agency Ecovadis in 2017. This rating, renewed each year, is based on the Group’s ethical, environmental and social actions. The Group obtained this rating for the third consecutive year.

Global Freight Award

CMA CGM environmentThe Group won the Global Freight Award for its achievements obtained through its environmental policy. CMA CGM also obtained the best score of the Carbon Disclosure Project within the Transport & Logistics category, an award for its “actions, performance and transparence in its actions against climate change”