Shipping company CMA CGM Group has made a pledge to no longer transport any plastic waste aboard its ships.
Chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saadé made the announcement at the One Ocean Summit that took place in France last week.
The decision, which will come into effect in June 2022, is part of the organisation’s commitment to protect the environment and conserve biodiversity.
Committed to protecting our #Oceans!
From June 1st, CMA CGM will will no longer carry plastic waste on board any of its ships worldwide. ⬇
— CMA CGM Group (@cmacgm) February 12, 2022
The company said in a statement: “With the decision that it will no longer transport plastic waste on board its ships, CMA CGM will prevent this type of waste from being exported to destinations where sorting, recycling or recovery cannot be assured.
“The Group has thus decided to take practical steps where it has the operational capability to do so, heeding the urgent calls made by certain NGOs.”
Mr Saadé also announced the group will host one of the two sites of the French Institute for Decarbonation at Tangram, its major innovation and training centre due to open in Marseille in 2023.