Nike and CMA CGM Collaborate for Greener Shipping

Nike has partnered with French global liner CMA CGM to decrease the environmental impact of their maritime shipping activities in its supply chain

Nike has partnered with French global liner CMA CGM to decrease the environmental impact of their maritime shipping activities in its supply chain.

Steps towards a greener future

Nike, a global leader in the apparel and sportswear industry, has entered into an agreement with CMA CGM to reduce the carbon footprint of its maritime transport, as it will procure sustainable biofuel for a portion of its maritime logistics operations. The initiative aligns with CMA CGM Group’s comprehensive strategy for decarbonisation, aiming for Net Zero by 2050. The collaboration marks significant progress in both companies' commitment to sustainability.

To achieve its net-zero goal by 2050, CMA CGM provides additional low-carbon solutions like Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) and biomethane. In 2022, the carrier also introduced an incentive program for shippers, encouraging them to return containers early in exchange for carbon credits. This program concluded in December 2022.

Sustainable biofuel initiative

Nike will integrate sustainable biofuel into 36% of their shipping volume which is handled by CMA CGM. Through this initiative, Nike expects to curtail its CO2 emissions by 25,000 tons, a substantially advancing advancemen its environmental sustainability efforts.

“Collaborating with a key player like Nike and taking this major step towards decarbonization is an important achievement,” says Olivier Nivoix, Executive Vice President of CMA CGM Group Lines.

“We are confident that our success will act as a catalyst, encouraging other carriers and customers to join us on this path to accelerate the transition towards a Net Zero industry.”

Olivier Nivoix, Executive Vice President of CMA CGM Group Lines.

Reducing the carbon footprint of shipping

CMA CGM Group has been investing in decarbonizing its activities for many years. As a pioneer in biofuels and LNG-powered vessels, the company aims to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050 through optimized operations, a diversified energy mix, and continuous innovation.

Launched in 2020, this initiative helps customers analyse their environmental footprint, reduce carbon emissions through alternative energies like biofuel, LNG, and biomethane, and offset residual emissions through environmental projects.

ACT+ Low-carbon transport solutions

To meet customer expectations for lower emissions in their supply chains, CMA CGM developed ACT+ low-carbon transport solutions. These solutions help reduce the carbon footprint of shipping using low-carbon fuels and offset residual emissions.

  • BIOFUEL+: Use of UCOME or Brown Grease, second-generation biofuels, to cut CO2 emissions by at least 84%.
  • MIX-BIOFUEL: An energy mix incorporating second-generation biofuels to reduce CO2 emissions by 10%.
  • MIX-BIOMETHANE: Combines LNG and biomethane to reduce the carbon footprint by 25%.#
CMA CGM developed ACT+ (Credit: CMA CGM)

Carbon offset

To comply with the Paris Agreement and limit global warming to below 2°C, companies must implement a comprehensive strategy to reduce CO2 emissions related to their activities before considering offsetting their residual, unavoidable emissions.

To maximise the impact of ACT+, we recommend combining CARBON OFFSET with one of our existing CO2 reduction products: BIOFUEL, MIX-BIOFUEL, or MIX-BIOMETHANE.

  • Nestlé Waters: Reduced over 70,000 tons of CO2 in 2023 with BIOFUEL+
  • Banane de Guadeloupe & Martinique: Reduced 93 tons of CO2 from transporting Fair Trade bananas with BIOFUEL+
  • Mobivia: Reduced 2,543 tons of CO2 in 2022 with BIOFUEL+.

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