Richard Branson’s latest journey model establishes alliance with three main sustainable gas suppliers, signaling an vital step ahead and a call-to-action for the cruise business and coverage makers alike.
MIAMI (Sep 21, 2022) – Virgin Voyages, a brand new cruise line with an environment friendly fleet of ships amongst the youngest within the business, immediately introduced that it has partnered with impartial sustainability consultants, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), together with three main waste-based sustainable gas suppliers to ship low carbon fuels to the marine business. Argent Vitality, GoodFuels and Twelve are collaborating with the cruise line to additional advance Virgin Voyages’ dedication of reaching web zero by 2050.
Following months of detailed analysis, Virgin Voyages has taken an vital step to advancing a low-carbon future by establishing key partnerships and constructing a portfolio strategy to sustainable marine gas (SMF) provide. Recognizing there may be at present no one-size-fits-all, low-carbon gas resolution, Virgin Voyages will enter into long-term agreements for sustainable marine fuels with these suppliers, which incorporates plans so as to add others over time.
Adopting drop-in sustainable fuels, comparable to these made out of plentiful, problematic waste or direct air seize of CO2, is paramount for lowering emissions and reaching web zero carbon emissions by 2050. Virgin Voyages estimates that by switching to sustainable marine fuels, the road will scale back its life-cycle carbon emissions from gas by 75% or extra.
This motion consists of championing key partnerships throughout the business and advocating for supportive insurance policies and incentives that may allow these options to achieve a better scale. Virgin Voyages is ready to rise to the event by working collectively with different main stakeholders to drive demand and improve entry to produce. This is a crucial first step in growing the suitable infrastructure and creating supportive insurance policies for routine industrial use.
“With a purpose to considerably scale back our carbon footprint additional, we should transition to lower-carbon gas sources as quickly as doable. We might do that immediately with our present engines if extra sustainable ‘drop-in’ fuels have been obtainable in our ports of name. Sadly, these fuels will not be but extensively obtainable, and most often, will not be price aggressive. We need to work with companions to pioneer for the important change,” stated Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Voyages.
“Virgin will at all times goal to be a frontrunner within the industries we function in,” stated Richard Branson, Founding father of Virgin Group. “We aspire to make the cruise business higher in some ways together with by local weather motion. I am proud that Virgin Voyages might be working with business companions and others to form the way forward for extra sustainable cruise journey and to result in an actual sea change for all.”
“Decarbonisation of the marine sector is an oceanic job and Virgin Voyages’ determination to make use of Argent Vitality as a provider of sustainable marine fuels demonstrates the significance of waste-based biodiesel as a key technique in that job,” stated Erik Rietkerk, CEO of Argent Vitality.
“This partnership with Virgin Voyages signifies the cruise business’s willingness and readiness to structurally decarbonize its operations. We applaud Virgin Voyages for recognizing sustainable marine biofuel (SMF) as the one viable different to fossil fuels — and the one obtainable resolution to successfully decarbonize transport immediately,” stated Nikolas Nikolaidis, Industrial Supervisor at GoodFuels.
“Twelve is dedicated to utilizing our carbon transformation know-how to interchange fossil fuels within the hardest to abate sectors, together with marine journey. We’re thrilled to launch our sustainable marine gas, E-MarineTM, in partnership with Virgin Voyages and sit up for the maiden voyage,” stated Nicholas Flanders, Co-Founder & CEO of Twelve.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Virgin Voyages to the RSB membership. I do know we can create a big influence in driving change in the direction of sustainable marine fuels that advance local weather targets and end in optimistic social and environmental advantages,” stated Elena Schmidt, Government Director of RSB.
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Argent Vitality is one among Europe’s main producers of biodiesel with vegetation in Europe and within the UK with a complete manufacturing capability increasing to over 750 million liters per yr. Biodiesel is among the most cost-effective technique of decarbonizing marine transport. The gas can be utilized in marine engines as a direct ‘drop-in’ alternative for fossil fuels, being able to being blended into marine gas to dramatically scale back complete CO2 emissions. Argent’s biodiesel is made out of sustainable sources. The waste feedstocks are authorized and licensed by each EU and Dutch regulators.
GoodFuels is a world pioneer in sustainable marine fuels, with workplaces in Europe and Singapore. The Netherlands-headquartered firm has created a one-stop-shop for marine business prospects, integrating all the provide chain for sustainable marine fuels since 2015. From feedstock to tank, GoodFuels’ proposition covers components of sourcing feedstock and making certain its 100% sustainability within the manufacturing and refining, the worldwide distribution, high quality assurance, and advertising and marketing applications with ports, governments, and cargo homeowners. GoodFuels’ next-generation sustainable marine biofuel (SMF) is derived from feedstocks which can be licensed as 100% waste or residue, with no land-use points and no competitors with meals manufacturing or deforestation.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is a world membership group that drives the simply and sustainable transition to a bio-based and round financial system. RSB’s sustainability framework is the world’s most trusted and peer-reviewed basis for supporting revolutionary options to the local weather disaster, whereas additionally enhancing social and environmental sustainability. It has been collaboratively developed by RSB’s multi-stakeholder membership group – a various vary of organizations throughout a number of provide chains, areas and industries which can be lighting the best way for a world sustainability motion. Media Contact: Cris Robertson, firstname.lastname@example.org
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