SEVERAL major players in the transport and logistics sector have created a coalition to push the development of energy and technology to address challenges posed by sustainable mobility in the transport and logistics industry.

The group has so far identified nine projects designed to reduce emissions, fight global warming and protect biodiversity.

The coalition’s members include AWS, Carrefour Group, CMA CGM Group, Cluster Maritime Français, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Engie, Faurecia, Michelin, Schneider Electric, Total and Wärtsilä.

The members are pooling their expertise in pursuit of three key goals to achieve “genuine technological breakthroughs with tangible results by 2030”. They include unlocking a more extensive portfolio of clean energy sources; lowering energy consumption per kilometre-equivalent of goods transported; and eliminating a substantial proportion of emissions linked to transport and logistics.

In recent months the coalition has established nine working groups with several dozen participants to devise the projects that will help shape the energy sources of the future. They include development of green hydrogen procurement solutions for the transport sector; biofuels for the various modes of transport; biogas and synthetic gases in transport; and a digital door-to-door route planning system.

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The coalition’s initial findings will be officially presented in January 2021 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

Rodolphe Saade, chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, said, “In view of the challenges facing the world, we must unite our strengths in order to accelerate the energy transition of the transport and logistics industry.

“I am delighted that 11 global corporations, leaders in their respective fields, have joined this initiative. CMA CGM will provide all its expertise and experience to this first large global multisectoral coalition, supported by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron,” Mr Saade said.

“We are all fully mobilised to produce concrete short, medium and long term solutions.”

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