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ADNOC's shipping unit to test biofuel to cut emissions

ADNOC Logistics & Services says biofuel move forms part of the company's ambitious climate protection goals

ADNOC's shipping unit to test biofuel to cut emissions
(Photo: WAM)

ADNOC Logistics & Services will test biofuel as a bunkering fuel for ships in an effort to comply with the 2020 sulphur cap, the company's CEO Abdulkareem Al Masabi has annnounced.

Al Masabi said in comments published by state news agency WAM that ADNOC has applied the regulations by November across its entire fleet, which totals 28 ships, and the company is now exploring other alternatives such as LNG, LPG and blended biofuel to reduce fuel consumption.

"We're studying with one of our subsidiary companies the usage of biofuel and how that can reduce fuel consumption," Al Masabi said.

Biofuels are a renewable energy source, made from organic matter or wastes, that can play a valuable role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

The biofuels trial comes as the International Maritime Organisation mandated all vessels to reduce emissions of sulphur oxides from all ships from January 1. Allowable sulphur emissions have been cut to 0.5 percent of fuel oil from 3.5 percent.

The move forms part of the company's ambitious climate-protection goals.

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