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In Norway last month Hurtigruten successfully completed a biodiesel fuel test with the MS Polarlys. It’s a good news story that we think has the potential to transform the shipping industry. Ok, we know some cruise companies have issues. Nobody is perfect; but when cruise contributes 2-3 per cent of all global CO2 emissions we need to innovate. Reducing these emissions is crucial if we want to limit climate change and win the respect of travellers. Biodiesel is the cleanest fuel and the closest concept to a closed loop sustainability solution. We may be able to reduce CO2 by as much as 95 per cent. Biodiesel can be made from a range of sources including cooking oil waste, corn, soya, wheat or palm. Hurtigruten’s tests were completed with certified biodiesel free of palm oil. Hurtigruten is using the findings to learn more and we believe this innovation is another step that will contribute to a new era of sustainability. It’s a game-changer for the industry and part of our plan to be the world’s first emissions free expedition travel company. There’s a gift for Christmas!
Damian Perry, Managing Director APAC, Hurtigruten