Finnish shipping company Meriaura and Stockholm Exergi have signed a contract for the sea transport of woodchips and woodpellets within the Baltic Sea by using climate friendly, 100%  biofuel as power source.

The contract is the first commercial contract based on Meriaura’s 2016 built, biofuel powered EcoCoaster vessels. When operated on waste-based or recycled second generation biofuels, Meriaura’s EcoCoaster vessels are the most climate- and environmentally friendly shipping method that is available today. The lifecycle emissions of the transports can be up to 96% lower compared to fossil fuels.

Stockholm Exergi’s goal is to be fully CO2 neutral. In 2018, 86% of district heat distributed was based on renewable sources or recovered energy. The rest was based on fossil fuels, including coal. By 2022, coal should be completely replaced by sustainable sources and the energy production close to 100% will be based on renewable or recovered energy sources.

“Emissions from shipping and transport will be of greater relative importance as we phase out fossil fuels in our own production. This contract contributes to the development of transport solutions on our way towards 100 % carbon neutrality”
Ulf Wikström, Head of Sustainability at Stockholm Exergi, said.

Meriaura engages to source, produce and use EcoFuel at least the amount that equals to the total consumption of the voyages executed under the contract.

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