CMA CGM Group's Environmental Initiatives

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The CMA CGM Group has just acquired another 18,000 new units, bringing its eco-container fleet to nearly 140,000 teus. For many years, the Group has attempted to minimize its impact on the environment through the following initiatives.

Since 2005, the Group has been offering containers with bamboo floors. The result of a collaboration between CMA CGM and one of its main customers, these containers meet two objectives: to limit the use of wood from primary forest and to improve the technical qualities of the containers. Today, more than 10% of the Group’s fleet is equipped with this type of flooring. What’s more, the Group is currently testing new synthetic resin flooring.

CMA CGM owns 4,500 Light Steel containers made from strong high tensile steel, which saves 550 kg on a high-cube’s tare weight without compromising its structural qualities.

The Group has invested in 3,500 containers fitted with low energy-use motors, reducing electricity and fuel consumption by up to three times. It has also equipped 15,000 standard reefers with software to optimise energy consumption, that’s 20% of the Group’s reefer fleet.

 

(Source: Press Release)

The Group is currently testing a new water-based paint on some 3,000 containers which will cut VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions by over 90%.

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