Committed to reducing CO2 emissions from its logistics operations, the Michelin Group recently signed a transport commitment with NEOLINE,
The commitment signed concerns the transport by sailing cargo ships of tires loaded in containers from Halifax (Canada) to Saint-Nazaire – Montoir de Bretagne (France) on the pilot line opened by NEOLINE, which will also serve the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, as well as Baltimore (USA).
Michelin described the decision as a test initiative to help decarbonise company’s logistics operations.
“This first step in carbon-free shipping is fully in line with the CSR strategy of Michelin’s operations. It will contribute to achieving the objective of reducing CO2 emissions from logistics by 15% in absolute terms between 2018 and 2030,” said Pierre-Martin Huet, Michelin Group’s supply chain director.
NEOLINE’s decarbonized shipping service relies on clean and renewable wind energy as the main propulsion for its 136m long cargo ships with 4200 m2 of sails. The company claims that this is an innovative and unique solution that will reduce by 90% the CO2 emissions related to transatlantic maritime freight transport.
NEOLINE plans to open its transatlantic line with a first operating vessel in 2023. With the arrival of a second vessel, scheduled a year later, the Michelin group will gradually entrust NEOLINE with at least 50% of the group’s containers transported on this line.
“We are honored to welcome on board the Michelin Group, an emblematic French player strongly committed to innovation and sustainable mobility. With our sailing cargo ships, we are developing a mode of transport that is more environmentally friendly, adapted to the current economic and logistical reality of shippers and not dependent on fossil fuels.” – Jean Zanuttini president of NEOLINE
With this new commitment, NEOLINE is positioning itself as an ambassador for the energy transition of the Supply Chains of major French industry leaders such as Groupe Renault, Groupe Beneteau, Manitou Group, Jas Hennessy & Co and now the Michelin Group.