Biofuels – CBH conducts first biofuel trial in Australia

CBH Marketing and Trading is shipping 30,000 tonnes of certified sustainable malting barley aboard the Edwine Oldendorff, which is due to leave the Albany grain terminal for Vietnam on January 9.

The vessel will be refueled with a blend of biofuels for the test, supplied by integrated energy company bp. The biofuel blend is estimated to produce about 15% less greenhouse gas emissions for this trip than conventional fossil fuels.

Jason Craig, director of marketing and commerce for CBH, said the cooperative is proud to be at the forefront of efforts, alongside two of its global partners, to explore ways to reduce its carbon footprint while throughout the supply chain.

“Customers around the world are increasingly looking to source sustainable products, including sustainable grains,” said Craig.

“It is our role, as Australia’s largest grain exporter, to take the necessary steps to reduce carbon emissions throughout our supply chain.

“Biofuel is a low carbon option that could be part of the solution to reducing emissions in the shipping industry. “

Malting barley, which is accredited as sustainable under the international sustainability and carbon certification program, is destined for Vietnam’s leading malting company, Intermalt.

Intermalt serves a number of brewing customers, the most important of which is Heineken, which has set itself the goal of a carbon neutral value chain by 2040.

“We need to respond to the growing market demand for sustainable or low-carbon grains by being proactive, practical and adapting,” said Craig.

“By doing this, we are ensuring that we can continue to maintain the competitiveness of our WA producers. “

The test will provide information on how the ship’s engine responds to biofuel, its speed and efficiency, and will measure the emissions it produces.

“We are delighted to be working alongside our major global partners to conduct this trial, which will provide valuable information and help pave the way for a more sustainable grain industry,” he said.

Oldendorff Carriers Melbourne Managing Director Ben Harper said: “We are very pleased to be working with industry leader CBH to test biofuel in our vessel, Edwine Oldendorff. Collaboration is crucial for all of us to learn and share information on the best paths in our efforts to decarbonize the supply chain. “

In 2020-2021, CBH sold 1.2 million tonnes of certified sustainable grain and reduced Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions per tonne by 38% compared to the previous year.

“Our increased focus on sustainability means our cooperative will remain strong for future generations and producers in Western Australia are well positioned to meet future market expectations,” said Craig.

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