Boskalis Nederland to reduce CO2 with biofuel

Boskalis on Bio Boskalis Nederland's Boskalis on Bio programme, in partnership with GoodFuels and Wärtsilä, has enabled it to make a substantial contribution to the creation of the first global market for shipping industry advanced biofuels. Credit: Boskalis Nederland

Boskalis Nederland is aiming to reduce its CO2 emissions by 35% as part of a new long-term partnership with biofuel supplier GoodFuels.

The partnership is part of Boskalis’ plan to boost its sustainable practices and central to it is that GoodFuels’ biofuels are made from pure sustainable residual flows that do not compete with the food chain or result in the deforestation of rainforests.

Boskalis Nederland first worked with GoodFuels in 2015 and its Boskalis on Bio programme, in partnership with GoodFuels and Wärtsilä, has enabled it to make a substantial contribution to the creation of the first global market for shipping industry advanced biofuels.

Mutually beneficial

Richard Rijper, managing director of Boskalis Nederland, stated: “The launch of the Boskalis on Bio program has provided Boskalis and Goodfuels with a great deal of knowledge and experience with regards to the use of advanced biofuels.

“We look forward to continuing the partnership and achieving a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions from our equipment in the Netherlands while making an important contribution to the sustainable realisation of infrastructure projects for our clients in the Netherlands.”

Trials undertaken by Boskalis Nederland have shown that sustainable biofuels perform very well while reducing CO2 emissions by 90% compared to fossil fuels, stated the company. On the Marker Wadden project in 2016, the Boskalis cutter suction dredger Edax dredged for six months using a B50 biofuel blend, 50% of which consisted of residual products from the paper industry and resulted in a huge CO2 reduction.

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