Le Champlain, an expedition yacht from the PONANT Explorers series, is to run on B100 (UCO) biofuel produced from recycled cooking oil.
The trial, carried out with ALTENS, is its first in France and underlines PONANT’s commitment to reducing its CO2 emissions by 30% per navigation day by 2030 .
“This first marine biofuel test is part of our roadmap as their carbon footprint is infinitely lower than conventional fuels, with a 90% reduction of CO2 emissions. They are produced from used cooking oils, can be incorporated directly into engines and are available now.
“We want to help demonstrate that it is a credible alternative that can contribute to decarbonising PONANT’s fleet and the entire maritime industry. These tests will help fine tune technical parameters and the different emissions and composition of gas associated with using this type of biofuel,” explained Mathieu Petiteau, newbuilding and R&D director at PONANT.
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