As part of its environmental target to become emission-free, Hurtigruten has started testing a new biodiesel on board its ship the MS Polarlys. This new fuel could reduce emissions by as much as 95% when compared to traditional marine fuels, and is free of palm oil, which makes its sourcing sustainable.
“We want to move the boundaries and learn more about how this can be used in a bigger scale,” said Daniel Skjeldam, CEO at Hurtigruten. “This can potentially transform the industry. At the same time as shipping increases in the Arctic areas, the emissions do too. But polluting fuels like heavy fuel oil are still not banned in these vulnerable areas. Hurtigruten banned heavy fuel oil a decade ago and is working for a global ban. Hurtigruten wants an international ban of the use of cheap, polluting heavy fuel oil for the whole Arctic area and along the Norwegian coast. It makes no sense to create more pollution and increase the risk of spills and destruction in areas that need to be protected.”
The shipping industry accounts for more than 330 Mt of fuel used each year. The new biodiesel can be made from different sources, including wasted cooking oil, corn, soya, wheat, tallow or palm.
Photo: Hanne Taalesen/Hurtigruten