In 2019, IKEA and GoodShipping joined forces and made real industry impact together. By partnering up with shipping company CMA CGM and the Port of Rotterdam, we managed to organise and execute the world’s first delivery of sustainable biofuel oil to a container ship. The first delivery took place in March 2019, when the CMA CGM White Shark was bunkered with GoodFuels Bio-Fuel Oil in the Port of Rotterdam. In September 2019, the second batch of ‘BFO’ was delivered to CMA CGM’s Alexander von Humboldt (one of the largest container ships in the world). The total carbon emissions that were reduced through these biofuel deliveries were allocated to IKEA’s scope 3 footprint coming from transport.
"Through our pilot we wanted to show that the means for decarbonisation in terms of alternative fuels are available. We have a responsibility to do our part to reduce the impact of our ocean freight. Through our participation we send a signal to our customers and the ocean industry on our commitment to decarbonise. Only through collaboration can we achieve rapid, necessary change. With a successful pilot completed, our intention is to put the equivalent of at least all our containers out of Rotterdam on biofuel".
Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld
Head of Sustainability, IKEA Global Transport & Logistics Services
Through this project, we demonstrated the scalability, sustainability and technical compliance of sustainable marine bio-fuel oil. And perhaps more importantly, we proved the commercial viability of these alternatives, and showcased realistic options to curb greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. This case illustrates a major step towards the decarbonisation of ocean freight. We are extremely proud to have the Swedish furniture mogul as a GoodShipping participator and hope to inspire more.