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Volkswagen Group distributes its automotive products to various countries around the world using several hundred commercial vessels and 11 chartered ship carriers. In all, it ships more than 2.8 million vehicles on more than 7,700 ocean voyages each year. Many cargo ships operate on heavy bunker oil, resulting in vast plumes of carbon dioxide and other pollutants that follow in their wake. Image credit: Volkswagen Now Volkswagen says it is putting two new ultramodern vehicle carriers into service this year. The first of them, named SIEM Confucius, will leave the port of Emden soon with a cargo of 4,800 vehicles and head for Vera Cruz, Mexico. The Confucius and its sister ship, the Aristotle, burn liquified natural gas, which results in 25% lower carbon emissions, 30% less nitrogen oxide emissions, 60% fewer fine particulates, and no sulfur oxides. “We are proud to put the world’s first LNG vehicle transporter of this size into service. This is an important part of our decarbonization strategy,” says Thomas Zernechel, head of logistics for Volkswagen Group. By 2025, the company aims to reduce its total net CO2 emissions by 30% and to be fully carbon neutral by 2050. Both ships are 200 meters […]

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