bio-diesel will reduce CO2 emissions from shipping lines by 25 per cent, which
in turn will strengthen India’s ability to deliver on its commitment made under
the Paris Accord.
Ambuja Cement said
it has successfully completed sea trials of using soya extract-based biofuel in
two of its cement carriers — Ambuja Mukund and Ambuja Vaibhav.
This makes Ambuja
Cement not just the first Indian company to move towards the decarbonisation of
the country’s coastal shipping lines but also advancing its focus on two of its
strategic priorities: innovation and sustainability.
The sea trials were conducted with the approval of DGS and Indian
Register of Shipping
The sea trials
were conducted with the approval of Directorate General of Shipping and Indian
Register of Shipping. DGS has approved biofuel trials on the remaining fleet of
Ambuja Cements that are mostly deployed on Indian coastal routes.
successful trials, Ambuja Cements has also helped India deliver on its promise
to decarbonise the global shipping industry, a commitment made under the
International Maritime Organisation’s Norway Green Voyage 2050 Project.
India is among a small group of 11 nations that are part of this
environmentally significant global project.
“Our efforts in
introducing green fuel in our ships will significantly contribute towards the
reduction of GHG emissions that will help achieve our parent LafargeHolcim’s
sustainability vision of net zero pledge 2030,” said Mr. Neeraj Akhoury, CEO
India for Lafarge Holcim and Managing Director & CEO of Ambuja Cements Ltd.