Zug, 8th February 2022 – Global feeder and shortsea company, Unifeeder Group, has bunkered its first truly sustainable 100% biofuel from VARO Energy (“VARO”) in the Port of Rotterdam, the companies announced today.
This is the first biofuel collaboration between Unifeeder and VARO, which supports both companies’ ambition to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of European transportation and improve the environmental impact of the shipping industry.
In September 2021, feeder vessel Elbsummer was bunkered biofuel B50 (50%). It then underwent a scheduled main engine overhaul, which allowed the biofuel B100 (100%), to be trialled. Unifeeder has now bunkered 400 mt of VARO’s Advanced Renewable Biofuel B100A during Elbsummer’s recent call to the Port of Rotterdam.
VARO’s advanced biofuels are produced from certified feedstocks labelled as waste or residue. Biofuel B100 reduces CO2 emissions up to 90% well-to-exhaust and eliminates SOX emissions almost entirely.
Unifeeder - which is owned by global leading supply chain solutions firm, DP World - is positioning itself as a frontrunner for sustainability in shipping and is fully dedicated to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions for its fleet by at least 50% by 2040.
Hans Staal, Director, Fuel Supply at Unifeeder, said: “Being able to operate our vessels on 100% biofuel is a true game-changer and a major stepping stone on the Unifeeder Group’s journey towards net-zero emissions. We applaud the support and constructive approach seen from the vessel’s owners, Elbdeich Reederei, and look forward to implementing biofuels on many other vessels in our fleet during 2022.”
“This is the energy transition in action. A fundamental part of our strategy is to enable our customers to decarbonise by providing solutions for their cleaner energy needs. By working together with them and by providing new, cleaner energy products we can together accelerate the transition to new solutions the world needs. It is our privilege to serve Unifeeder and we are excited by this new collaboration.”, Dev Sanyal, CEO VARO commented.
This latest Unifeeder announcement follows last year’s launch of its Actual Emission Tracker, a tool that allows for users to calculate greenhouse gas emissions at the specific Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEU) level, providing companies with further insight into the carbon impact of their activity.
About Unifeeder Group
Unifeeder Group is a dynamic logistics company, covering Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Wider Indian Subcontinent. We operate more than 150 vessels and make the way for +5,2 Mio. containers every year.
Our journey in delivering innovative transport solutions started in 1977 with the foundation of Unifeeder in Aarhus, Denmark. Since then, Unifeeder has grown from the best-connected Feeder & shortsea network in Europe to being an international logistics company, providing efficient and sustainable logistic services throughout large parts of the World. Today we are Unifeeder Group, a sound company with more than 1100 skilled colleagues worldwide.
Unifeeder simplifies the complex tasks of choosing and managing supply chains by providing efficient and sustainable transport solutions.
By expanding the network, coming up with innovative solutions and being agile in day-to-day operations, we enable our customers to concentrate on their core business while we make their cargo flow.
As a key player in global and regional supply chains, we recognize our environmental responsibilities and are committed to contributing to the reduction of local, national & global emissions.
Since 2018, the Unifeeder Group is owned by DP World, the leading enabler of global trade and an integrated supplier to numerous supply chains, who operates multiple yet related businesses. Within DP World, the Unifeeder Group forms part of the business vertical; DP World Marine Services.
About DP World
We are the leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to marine services and industrial parks as well as technology-driven customer solutions.
We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of 129 business units in 55 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature markets. Wherever we operate, we integrate sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into our activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities where we live and work.
Our dedicated, diverse and professional team of more than 55,000 employees from 134 countries are committed to delivering unrivalled value to our customers and partners. We do this by focussing on mutually beneficial relationships – with governments, shippers, traders, and other stakeholders along the global supply chain – relationships built on a foundation of mutual trust and enduring partnership.
We think ahead, anticipate change and deploy industry-leading technology to further broaden our digital vision to disrupt world trade and create the smartest, most efficient and innovative solutions, while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet.
VARO Energy (“VARO”) is an energy company operating throughout the complete fuel supply chain with refining, storage, blending, distribution, sales and marketing assets. It safely delivers high-quality fuels from conventional and renewable sources to its national and international business customers and end-consumers.
The company owns manufacturing assets in Cressier, Switzerland, a majority share in the Bayernoil refinery, Southern Germany, as well as storage facilities, distribution and marketing businesses in Benelux, France, Germany and Switzerland.
VARO Energy owns a 51% stake in SilviCarbon, a global leader in nature-based Carbon Dioxide Removals (CDRs) and a 49.5% share in E-Flux, a leading provider of electric vehicle charging software.
For more information about VARO, please visit www.varoenergy.com