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Sverige Om Södra News How we can realise the Baltic Sea’s most sustainable freight transport

How we can realise the Baltic Sea’s most sustainable freight transport

Shipping needs to change if we are to achieve the Swedish climate target set for 2030. A new study, partially funded by the Swedish Transport Administration, shows that one alternative may be to modify vessels so that they can be powered by biomethanol. A facility to produce such a fuel is being constructed at Södra’s pulp mill in Mönsterås.

“Using new technology and by further processing a residual product from the mill, we can produce carbon-dioxide-neutral biofuel. Together with our partners in the study, we demonstrate that it is possible to put the Baltic Sea’s most climate-friendly vessel into operation,” said Lena Ek, Chairman of Södra. 

On Monday, a delegation from Södra welcomed Svante Axelsson, national coordinator of Fossil Free Sweden, to Mönsterås pulp mill to show the facility that will produce biomethanol. 

The study “Bio-Met – CO2-neutral Methanol for Shipping” was handed over in conjunction with the visit. The study was concluded on Friday and demonstrates that it is practically feasible to modify a vessel to run on biomethanol that can transport round timber between the Baltics and Mönsterås. The participants in the study are the Swedish Transport Administration, Södra, Ivar Lundh & CO, ScandiNAOS, the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL) and BrodinInfo. 

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