The maritime transport sector: the Coalition for the Energy of the Future takes action

By ENGIE - 27 July 2021 - 17:26

The Coalition for the Energy of the Future brings together several large groups, including ENGIE, around a shared commitment: accelerating the development of future energies and technologies in order to reduce the ecological impact of transport and logistics. As such, a bioLNG (liquefied biomethane) production project is planned for Marseille’s large port. One more step towards the decarbonisation of heavy transport!


The Coalition’s goal is to promote innovative energy sources and technologies to reduce the impact of transport and logistics as much as possible. Established at the end of 2019 by eleven partners at the Rencontres Economiques d’Aix-en-Provence, it brings together major industrial players including, among others, ENGIE, CMA CGM Group, TotalEnergies, Carrefour, Michelin and Faurecia. What are their objectives? To expand their sources of clean energy, reduce energy consumption per equivalent kilometre of transportation and eliminate a significant proportion of emissions associated with transport and logistics, making large strides in progress by 2030. Together, these leading companies are pursuing various projects, particularly regarding green hydrogen, biofuels, carbon-neutral liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the development of zero-emission vehicles for road, air and maritime transport. And the family keeps growing! The international groups Air Liquide, Kuehne+Nagel and Rolls-Royce have just joined the coalition, bringing the number of members to a total of seventeen, all determined to work together to accelerate the decarbonisation of heavy transport.


A major project in Marseille

Actions are underway: the Coalition for the Energy of the Future has, in fact, just announced the launch of a feasibility study for the largest French bioLNG (liquified biomethane) production project in the port of Marseille This large-scale project brings together Elengy, an ENGIE subsidiary specialising in LNG; CMA CGM, a world leader in maritime transport and logistics; EveRé, a waste treatment specialist; and TotalEnergies. The idea is to reuse household waste from Marseille and its suburbs by transforming it into bioLNG in order to fuel ships, and thus drastically reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, sulphur and nitrogen oxides, and fine particles. As part of a circular economy approach, this project is founded on existing facilities: EveRé’s anaerobic digestion facilities, Elengy’s LNG terminals, TotalEnergies’s future bunker barge, CMA CGM Group’s fleet of LNG-powered ships.