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Heineken and GoodFuels team up in new biofuel bunker initiative

12 Jun 2017 07:14 GMT

Inland barge transporting beer is supplied with bunkers containing 30% biofuel.



Heineken, Nedcargo and sustainable fuel supplier GoodFuels have launched a pilot initiative to demonstrate a sustainable drop-in marine fuel on board the For Ever - an inland barge dedicated to transporting Heineken export beer, from the Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude to the deep-sea terminals in Rotterdam.

The marine fuel supplied by GoodFuels contains 30 percent biofuel and is said to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 25 pecent whilst also sharply reducing local emissions as nitrogen and particulate matter.

The project is designed to showcase the possibility of reducing emissions of inland waterway transport without any vessel modification. The exact emission reduction compared to fossil fuel will be monitored live during the pilot using Blueco's Konnexus system for remote monitoring. The initiative is being supported by Expertise en InnovatieCentrum Binnenvaart (EICB) and the Dutch Ministry of Transport.

Pieter van Kooten, Logistics Manager at Heineken Netherlands Supply, said: "In 2020 we want to have a climate neutral corridor between the Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude and the Port of Rotterdam. This pilot is one step to realize the green corridor between the brewery and the Port of Rotterdam. We see GoodFuels' drop-in renewable diesel to play an important part in this transition."

Bert van Grieken, Director Multimodal at Nedcargo, remarked: "This is where Nedcargo again goes the extra mile to address the need of our client Heineken Netherlands to achieve its green ambitions. It underlines our commitment towards offering our customers sustainable logistic solutions."

Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO at GoodFuels, said: "The boat 'For Ever', transporting, among others, Heineken beer, is the best possible Dutch transport icon to introduce our drop-in sustainable marine fuel in the inland waterway transport - which is a key target segment for us. Next to that, we are very proud to link our sustainable fuels to the famous Heineken brand in the years to come."

Geertje van Hooijdonk, director a.i. at Dutch environmental organization Natuur & Milieu, commented: "Advanced biofuels made from waste can help lower the footprint of inland shipping. We are happy to see Heineken Netherlands, NedCargo and GoodFuels to take these steps within its supply chain to make its products more sustainable."




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