24 April 2017 – Last week, CEO of GoodFuels Marine, Dirk Kronemeijer, signed the Arctic Commitment, which calls for a ban on heavy fuel oil (HFO) use in Arctic Shipping. GoodFuels Marine, global leader, market-maker and supplier of advanced marine biofuels, supports the work of the Clean Arctic Alliance, which is campaigning for an International Maritime Organization (IMO) ban on HFO from the Arctic. By signing the Arctic Commitment, GoodFuels follows the example of other signatories, such as Dutch MEP Bas Eickhout, Dutch climate-journalist Bernice Notenboom and international expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten.
“By signing the Arctic Commitment, GoodFuels has set the course for others in the marine industry to follow”, said Dr. Sian Prior, lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance. “Ultimately, the Clean Arctic Alliance is working towards a future where Arctic shipping is fueled by sustainable methods – and getting rid of HFO is the first step. With this July’s meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee fast approaching, it’s time for companies and governments to throw their support behind action to clean up Arctic shipping.”
CEO Dirk Kronemeijer: “The effects of HFO on the Arctic ice are really worrying. The soot emitted will leave a trace of black particles on the ice, even further reinforcing the greenhouse effect. Alternative cleaner fuels are much needed in the shipping industry. Our low carbon marine biofuels emit no sulphur and reduce particulate emission, including black carbon, by more than 80% compared to HFO. They therefore contribute to a solution for the Arctic, but also for the rest of the world – reducing the footprint coming from shipping significantly.”
Geertje van Hooijdonk, managing director a.i. Natuur & Milieu: “We are pleased to learn that GoodFuels has joined the Clean Artic Alliance. With the Dutch Parliament also pushing for a more active role of the International Maritime Organization IMO on banning HFO in the Artic, we are hopeful to see a total phase-out of HFO use for Arctic shipping. This unique region, with its great diversity of ecosystems and marine life, requires protection.”
About the Clean Arctic Alliance
The following not-for-profit organisations form the Clean Arctic Alliance, which is committed to achieving the phase-out of HFO as marine fuel in the Arctic:
Alaska Wilderness League, Bellona, Clean Air Task Force, Danish Ecological Council, Environmental Investigation Agency, European Climate Foundation, Friends of the Earth US, Greenpeace, Icelandic Nature Conservation Association, Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union, Ocean Conservancy, Pacific Environment, Seas At Risk, Transport & Environment and WWF.
For more information visit http://www.hfofreearctic.org
The Arctic Commitment:
On January 25th 2017, expedition cruise ship operator Hurtigruten and the Clean Arctic Alliance signed the Arctic Commitment, which challenges businesses and organisations to step forward and call on the International Maritime Organization to implement a phase-out of polluting heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping by 2020.
A number of other organisations, including the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators, have also now signed the Arctic Commitment. The full text of the Arctic Commitment, and the list of signatories can be found here:
Dave Walsh, Communications Advisor, HFO-Free Arctic Campaign
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Isabel Welten, Business Development Manager GoodFuels
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