Aker BioMarine sets sustainability goalsSupport vessel Antarctic Provider’s engine is prepared for the greener fuels of the future. Photo: Aker BioMarine

Krill harvesting and processing company Aker BioMarine has announced some ambitious sustainability goals for the coming years, pledging to reduce its CO2 emissions per tonne of krill produced by 50% by 2030, and to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“We consider ourselves pioneers at Aker BioMarine, which for us means that we want to lead our industry in a more sustainable direction,” said CEO Matts Johansen.

“As a company, we make no excuses when it comes to meeting our targets. We are forging a new and more planet-friendly path, tackling challenges, embracing technology, and making more sustainable choices than ever done before in our industry.”

The company plans to pioneer the use of green ammonia on its vessels in Antarctica.

At the end of February 2021, Aker BioMarine and Aker Clean Hydrogen signed an agreement and are teaming up with other key players to industrialise the production of green ammonia, in an industry first move.

Aker BioMarine’s newest support vessel, Antarctic Provider, is equipped with the most energy efficient engine in the world, a hybrid engine that is convertible for greener fuels of the future.

“Green ammonia is the most promising sustainable fuel for the shipping industry. It is essential that the industry tests and develops solutions for ammonia on a large scale. This will make it possible not only for Aker BioMarine, but also for Norwegian suppliers and renewable companies, to be world-leading on greener solutions for a broad range of sectors,” said Aker BioMarine sustainability manager Christina Ianssen.

Aker BioMarine plans to have vessels that are using ammonia as fuel towards 2030, when the infrastructure for production and distribution of green ammonia is in place.

The company aims to support and drive AION, the newly launched circularity company that will repurpose all product and plastic waste into new products that are used in high volume such as shopping baskets and food trays. AION is already working with customers such as McDonald’s, NorgesGruppen and Varner.

To reduce the amount of fuel consumed while locating krill concentrations, both ocean and flying drones are being trialled. These minimise the time harvesting vessels need to spend searching for krill, consequently reducing both fuel consumption and emissions.

Aker BioMarine has already deployed its first ocean data drone with the aim of significantly reducing financial and environmental costs and collecting scientific information. All the drones collecting data operate with zero emission.

Halving CO2 emissions by 2030

Aker BioMarine states that its ambitions for CO2-reductions are closely connected to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically goal 13, which calls for urgent action to combat climate change and to slow and stop global warming.

To achieve this, CO2 emissions must be reduced significantly in the near-term.

In the last ten years Aker BioMarine has cut its CO2 emissions per tonne krill produced by approximately 50%. The goal is to repeat this over the next ten years. Aker BioMarine has already implemented several sustainability initiatives towards its goal, such as implementation of analytical tools to reduce consumption of consumables and energy at the Houston manufacturing plant, reuse of energy and efficiency projects on the vessels. These initiatives have put the company on course to reach its 2030 targets.

In addition, Aker BioMarine has signed off on a series of sustainability commitments to be achieved by 2030. These commitments will guide the company in ensuring responsible operations throughout the value chain, as well as in making a positive impact:
“These sustainability goals support our overall purpose – to improve human and planetary health – and make this purpose even more tangible,” Mats Johansen said.

“Every single person working in Aker BioMarine is involved in achieving these goals, and we will work across the company’s entire value chain to make sure we lead the way to a net zero end.”

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