Norway´s roro Höegh Autoliners has teamed up with energy company Varo Energy which will see the energy supplier provide the transport carrier with advanced biofuels.

Varo Energy will supply Höegh Autoliners with 100% advanced biofuels which reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG)-emissions by 85% compared to conventional maritime fuels.

Höegh Autoliners has seen an increasing number of customers opting for biofuels.

In 2021, Höegh Autoliners achieved a significant milestone by completing its first carbon-neutral voyage when Höegh Trigger ran on advanced biofuels, on a journey from Europe to South Africa.

In 2022, the company supplied 3,858 MT of biofuel to two prominent automobile manufacturers.

In 2023, its commitment to sustainability continued by supplying 10,377 MT of biofuel to the same automobile manufacturers, with several other projects in the pipeline expected to further increase the biofuel supply in 2024.

BMW Group is amongst the OEMs already choosing to ship cargo using advanced biofuels. The contract between BMW and Höegh Autoliners resulted in emission reductions of 4,466 MT CO2 equivalents in 2022, as the company claims.

Dev Sanyal, chief executive of VARO stated: “Höegh Autoliners is not just a customer but a strategic partner. I am delighted that VARO will be collaborating with Höegh to forge innovative solutions, share insights, and drive sustainable progress, contributing to the ambitions set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reduce the carbon intensity of emissions from shipping by at least 40% by 2030, and 70% by 2050, compared with 2008 levels.”

Andreas Enger, chief executive of Höegh Autoliners, noted: “This marks a significant step forward in our commitment to becoming a leader in carbon-neutral deep-sea shipping and in our strategy to reduce our environmental footprint and combat climate change. We are pleased to provide our customers with greener deep-sea transportation solutions as a step toward more environmentally responsible shipping.”