CMA CGM creates USD 1.5 billion special fund for energies

Press Release: The CMA CGM Group announced today that it is creating a Special Fund for Energies, backed by a five year, USD 1.5 billion budget, to accelerate its energy transition and achieve net-zero carbon by 2050.  


The Fund will invest to support the industrial production of new fuels, as well as low-emission mobility  solutions across the Group’s business base (maritime, overland and air freight shipping; port and  logistics services; offices). It will help to support a global innovation platform developed alongside large  corporations, SMEs, start-ups, and the academic and scientific community. 


Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, said: “The CMA CGM Group has been  acting to protect the environment for many years. It is at the heart of my convictions and of our  strategy. However, in the face of the climate emergency it is our duty to do more and accelerate our actions.  


This fund will enable us to make substantial investments in innovative projects to decarbonize our  business. We have allocated the resources needed to accelerate our energy transition and that of the  entire shipping and logistics industry.” 


A Fund structured around four lines of focus to develop tomorrow’s energy and mobility solutions  The Special Fund for Energies will invest in innovative projects to secure the supply of renewable  energies and explore new solutions and prototypes to meet the ambitious decarbonization targets  being pursued across the CMA CGM organization.


First focus: Supporting the development and production of renewable fuels  The CMA CGM Group has already begun to respond to climate change by using liquefied natural gas  (LNG) as a transitional maritime fuel.  


The Fund has been tasked with (a) driving forward the emergence of industrial-scale production  facilities for biofuels, biomethane, e-methane, carbon-free methanol, and other alternative fuels, and  (b) increasing and securing volumes in line with Group needs, in partnership with other major industrial  groups with expertise in these technologies, or with investment funds or promising start-ups.  


The Fund follows on from projects that have already been identified and launched:


– The Salamander Project will produce 11,000 tonnes of second-generation biomethane per  year starting in 2026. As part of the partnership with Engie, its target is to generate 200,000  tonnes of renewable gas per year by 2028, to serve the needs of CMA CGM and the entire  shipping industry.  


– A biomethane production and liquefaction project, developed with Titan, will produce up to  100,000 tonnes by 2025, with the possibility of doubling output by 2027. 


– As a partner in the Jupiter 1000 project in Fos, the CMA CGM Group aims to continue working  with the consortium on means to mass-produce low-carbon e-methane for its ships and  provide solutions to the challenges of decarbonizing gas networks and managing the  intermittent nature of certain renewables.  


Second focus: Accelerating the decarbonization of port terminals, warehouses and truck fleets The CMA CGM Group operates more than 700 warehouses and around 50 port terminals worldwide.  It is committed to enabling these facilities to generate enough carbon-free electricity (wind, solar,  biomass-fueled, hydrogen-fueled) to become energy self-sufficient.  


Port equipment in use will be electrified more quickly wherever feasible and effective. CEVA Logistics,  a CMA CGM subsidiary, aims to meet all its electricity needs through carbon-free power generation by  2025. The subsidiary has plans to install 1.8 million sqm of photovoltaic panels and expand the use of  LED lighting.  


A transition plan for the truck fleets will also be implemented, with a particular focus on electrifying  CEVA Logistics trucks.  


Third focus: Supporting, trialing and launching projects at the cutting edge of innovation CMA CGM has long been involved in supporting the development of projects, prototypes and trials.  


In February 2020, the Group joined forces with Energy Observer to make hydrogen one of the energy  sources of tomorrow. With the Energy Observer 2 project, the partners have taken a new step forward  by working together on a prototype intra-regional container ship fueled by liquid hydrogen and  designed to meet the latest technical and logistical standards. The project is focused on developing  practical applications for this new technology, to enable carbon-free maritime shipping on a larger  scale, in particular for short distances. 


The Group has also decided to acquire a stake in Neoline, a prototype sail-powered cargo ship set to  serve transatlantic routes by the end of 2024. It is also supporting SeaOrbiter, a prototype marine  research vessel and floating oceanographic laboratory designed by French architect Jacques Rougerie  that is exploring pathways to the emerging blue economy. 


The CMA CGM Group’s R&D team will continue to optimize the design and propulsion of large  container ships to reduce their fuel use, while developing increasingly effective solutions to help make  maritime, overland and air freight shipping more energy efficient. 


Fourth focus: Pursuing energy savings and improving the energy efficiency of CMA CGM employee  working methods and daily mobility  


This fourth focus has three main objectives:  


– A building energy management plan for CMA CGM Group office buildings that will reduce  energy use (investment in insulation, automation, energy renovation) and diversify their  energy mix (solar panels, sea water loop). 


– Encouraging and incentivizing employee use of soft mobility solutions for both commuting and  business travel, while improving the work-from-home systems used to avoid unnecessary  travel. 


– Engaging the Group’s 150,000 employees through a holistic environmental approach that  rewards innovative environmental protection and energy efficiency initiatives.


A fund supported by a USD 1.5 billion budget and a dedicated team 


The Fund will be backed by a USD 1.5 billion budget and managed, starting in October 2022, by a  dedicated team bringing together some of the Group’s most talented engineers, energy experts,  financial analysts and project managers. Operating as a cross-functional organization covering all the  Group’s operations and divisions, it will guide the Group’s overall strategy towards developing low carbon energy solutions and accelerating their implementation.  


A special fund at the heart of an innovation ecosystem 


The CMA CGM Group has always considered its financial performance inseparable from its social  responsibility and environmental performance. It is deeply committed to leading the way in  decarbonizing the shipping and logistics industries by pioneering innovative, eco-friendly technologies.  To do so, it is engaging an ecosystem of start-ups, R&D projects and a vast array of innovative  stakeholders and next-generation tools.  


Thanks to this Group-wide engagement, the Fund will give project champions and our industrial  partners the visibility – via the Group’s demand for low-carbon energy sources – and the financial  resources – via the fund’s investments – they need to make these solutions widely available as quickly  as possible. 

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