By 2023, the group expects four more LNG-powered vessels with dual-fuel engines to join its current fleet of two LNG car carriers, which entered service in 2020. Six of the nine car carriers crossing the North Atlantic for VW are to be fueled with LNG.
As global companies move more and more towards the ubiquitous use of LNG, the closer they are to meeting their carbon reduction targets. As one of the first automakers to sign on to the Paris Climate Agreement targets to limit global warming to well below two degrees by 2050, the use of LNG will enable VW to reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of its fleet. up to 25% (from the tank when you wake up).
Simon Motter, Group Logistics Manager, Volkswagen, said that “in line with the group’s commitment to electric mobility and climate-neutral production, the LNG fleet used by logistics represents a major contribution to Volkswagen’s net carbon neutrality by 2050. “
In line with the Paris Climate Agreement and its personal goals, the VW Group is also committed to electric mobility and the sustainable production and use of new electric vehicles, adhering to the principle of focus on not producing CO2 emissions and then reducing emissions as much as possible.
Following the switch from all rail transport with Deutsche Bahn to green electricity, the Group has enabled an 85% reduction in CO2 emissions thanks to its two car carriers running on biofuels which operate along coastal roads in Europe. .
Motter continues: “With these four additional LNG vessels, Group Logistics is continuing its commitment to climate protection and is pursuing the low-emission maritime transport strategy decided on in 2016.”
“The new ships will also allow the use of non-fossil fuels in the future, further reducing CO2 emissions. “
“Our aim is to make all of our transport operations – by water, road and rail – environmentally friendly, clearly demonstrating the Volkswagen Group’s pioneering role in climate-friendly logistics.”
The vessels are built in China and have a capacity of around 7,000 Car Equivalent Units (CEUs), with long-term agreements being signed with shipowners Wallenius Marine and SFL Corporation for the use of the four new carriers. cars on the North Atlantic Highway.
Powered by 13,300 kT dual-fuel two-stroke engines from MAN Energy Solutions, the high-pressure technology involved in engine construction results in virtually no methane slippage and is capable of allowing ships to travel at speeds of 15 to 16 knots (28 to 30 km / h) in eco mode.
In addition to significantly reducing CO2 emissions, harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides are also reduced by up to 30%, soot particles by up to 60% and sulfur oxides are almost completely removed.
Thanks to the dual fuel technology, the car carriers can also run on biogas, electric gas and biodiesel without any modification required.
Modernization with battery cells will also be possible for two of the new ships, with all four LNG ships fitted with shore power connections to ensure all local emissions in ports provided this facility can be eliminated.
By delivering 2.8 million new cars per year, the transition to LNG will help the VW Group make significant progress against its climate targets.