Finnish shipping firm uses 100% renewable liquefied biogas

The use of biogas is estimated to slash emissions by up to 85% compared to fossil fuels

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A Finnish vessel claims to be the first in the country to use 100% renewable liquefied biogas (LBG). The transporter ship Viikki, carries iron ore to Sweden.

Its owner ESL Shipping, says it is the first time 100% renewable LBG has been used in maritime transport in Finland and its use could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 85% compared to fossil fuels.

The biogas to power Viikki was supplied by the Nordic gas sector and energy market company Gasum.

Mikki Koskinen, Managing Director of ESL Shipping, said: “ESL Shipping is committed to reducing emissions and we believe that the ambitious targets set by our industry, 50% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, can only be reached by using a wide range of alternative fuels.”

The eco-friendly vessel is co-funded by a European programme for the decarbonisation of the maritime sector.