Aker BioMarine commits to industry-leading emissions-free operations in Antarctica

Aker BioMarine launches its ambitious sustainability goals towards 2030.

Aker BioMarine commits to industry-leading emissions-free operations in Antarctica
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As part of its sustainability strategy, Aker BioMarine commits to:  

  • Reduce CO2 emissions per ton krill produced by 50 percent by 2030 and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
  • Deploy use of green ammonia to power the company’s vessels to support the reduced emissions goal.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions per ton krill oil produced by 50 percent by 2030 in the Houston production plant. Aker BioMarine uses advanced science and data analysis to improve the production processes to reach the target.
  • 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. 
  • Reduce the amount of fuel used to locate krill through use of ocean drones and flying drones. These devices minimize the time harvesting vessels need to spend searching for krill. 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.

Matts Johansen, CEO of Aker BioMarine, says:

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

At the end of February 2021, Aker BioMarine and Aker Clean Hydrogen signed an agreement and are teaming up with other key players to industrialize the production of green ammonia, in an industry first move. This will support Aker BioMarine’s mission to make the vessels completely carbon-free. For example, 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.

Christina Ianssen, Sustainability Manager at Aker BioMarine, says:

“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.”

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's ambitions for CO2-cuts are closely connected to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically goal 13, that 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 ton krill produced by approximately 50 percent. The goal is to redo this in 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.

Further, Aker BioMarine has signed off on eight sustainability commitments to be achieved by 2030.