Royal Van Wijhe Verf switches to biofuels to decarbonise freight

by 19, Oct, 2021Innovation, Maritime 4.00 comments

Royal Van Wijhe Verf, supplier of coatings and colourants, has teamed up with GoodShipping to decarbonise the company’s ocean freight of all incoming raw materials through the application of sustainable marine biofuel.

Under the partnership, GoodShipping will facilitate a switch to biofuel for the Royal Van Wijhe Verf’s cargo shipments, providing the company with a simple, easy and affordable means of cutting emissions. The use of sustainable marine biofuel allows Royal Van Wijhe Verf to achieve a 100 per cent CO2 well-to-exhaust reduction within its supply chain.

The announcement supports Royal Van Wijhe Verf’s ambitions to have a completely carbon-neutral supply chain by 2025, including its ocean freight transportation.

The biofuels used for this partnership are provided by marine biofuels pioneer GoodFuels. All GoodFuels’ biofuels are sustainably sourced and completely derived from residues and waste oil products. The biofuels are also verified by an independent sustainability board of leading academics and NGOs in the transport sectors.

Marlies van Wijhe, CEO, Royal van Wijhe Verf, said: “We’re delighted to be working with GoodShipping to reduce the environmental impact of our transport operations. With this new partnership, we hope to create a snowball effect. Ultimately, it has to come from the shipping companies themselves, but we aspire to be sustainability pioneers like GoodShipping, and aim to inspire more companies to follow this path.”

Katarin van Orshaegen, commercial lead at GoodShipping, said: “This is a natural partnership for GoodShipping and we’re proud to be working with an organisation that puts sustainability so close to everything it does. The commitment from Royal Van Wijhe Verf to reduce its carbon footprint from ocean transportation by shifting away from fossil fuels to sustainable, advanced biofuels makes them a true pioneer of zero-carbon transportation.”