Maersk invests in WasteFuel to develop green bio-methanol production in the Americas and Asia
September 8, 2021
Three weeks after the announcement of an e-methanol sourcing agreement in Europe, A.P. Moller – Maersk invests in California-based WasteFuel, a start-up focused on turning waste into sustainable aviation fuel, green bio-methanol, and renewable natural gas. This investment is made through Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of A.P. Moller – Maersk.
Copenhagen, Denmark and Los Angeles, USA - Maersk’s investment will enable WasteFuel to develop biorefineries that utilise the most effective technologies available to produce sustainable fuels from unrecoverable waste that would otherwise degrade, and release methane and other harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
Maersk is confident that green bio-methanol is one of the promising fuels of the future as it can be scaled up and play an important role in decarbonising supply chains within the next 10-15 years. For each feedstock and project, we evaluate its sustainability as well as the emission reductions, using lifecycle analysis including all greenhouse gases.
“We know that sourcing an adequate amount of green fuel for our methanol fueled vessels will be very challenging, as it requires a significant production ramp up. Collaboration and partnerships are key to scaling the production and distribution of sustainable fuels, and we look forward to doing exactly that with WasteFuel; exploring potential future green solutions not just for our vessels, but also for Maersk aviation and trucking activities,” says Morten Bo Christiansen, VP and Head of Decarbonisation, A.P. Moller - Maersk.
WasteFuel is also developing projects in Asia and the Americas including a biorefinery in Manila, Philippines, to produce low-carbon fuels. The company has announced an offtake agreement with NetJets – the world’s largest private jet company owned by Berkshire Hathaway.
“WasteFuel was launched to solve two problems: the waste crisis that affects millions of peoples’ lives globally and the growing demand for low-carbon fuels that can reduce overall emissions. We’re proud to have partnered with Maersk to usher in an era of more environmentally conscious sea transport. Our goal is for WasteFuel to reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 90% compared to fossil fuels,” says Trevor Neilson, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of WasteFuel.
With the investment, Morten Bo Christiansen, VP and Head of Decarbonisation at A.P. Moller – Maersk, is joining the Board of WasteFuel.
Global supply chains can and must be decarbonized by 2050. Collaboration and investments in innovative projects are one of the most important ways to reach a carbon-neutral fuel value chain.
About A.P. Moller - Maersk.
A.P. Moller - Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs approximately 80,000 people.
About Maersk Growth
Maersk Growth is the external innovation arm of Maersk, investing in and partnering with startups to digitize, democratize, and decarbonize logistics. Maersk Growth injects its very own rocket fuel into ventures that apply new business models and technologies to connect and simplify global supply chains.
WasteFuel is revolutionizing mobility and addressing the climate emergency by transforming waste into renewable fuels using proven technologies. WasteFuel has established strategic partnerships with leading global companies and technology providers to develop biorefinery projects and to ensure the environmental and commercial aspects of each project and industry are met safely, efficiently, and economically.