Maersk, Renfe and Cepsa carry out 2G biofuel test on Spanish rail transport
The partners will use renewable diesel fuel on the non-electrified section between Algeciras and Cordoba.
The project will begin in early July and will last for three months.
The Spanish company Cepsa will supply 160 tons of second-generation biofuel, produced at its La Rábida Energy Park (Huelva) from used cooking oils, to cover a total of five weekly roundtrips.
Renewable diesel will replace conventional diesel in the Renfe locomotives that Maersk uses to transport its customers' goods from Algeciras to Cordoba. In Cordoba, they will continue the route to Madrid on electric trains powered by renewable energy.
“Looking at the actual effects of the climate change in many countries, the significance of decarbonising logistics cannot be understated.
“Maersk is considering decarbonised transport solutions not only as a crucial differentiator towards our customers, but even more also as a commitment to the societies.
“This is why we are working in all areas with a lot of power on solutions with very low GHG emissions: in our ocean vessels, for hinterland transport as well as in warehousing and distribution. Maersk’s ambition is to be net-zero across our entire business by 2040 with ambitious short-term goals already for 2030. Every step counts.
“Hence, this innovative rail project in Spain marks a very important milestone in a much bigger plan how we are going to achieve our net-zero target,” said Emilio de la Cruz, managing director of the Maersk Southwest Europe and Maghreb area.