Volkswagen powers car freighters with used oil from restaurants and the food industry.
Compared to conventional fossil fuels, reused waste oil produces 85 percent lower carbon dioxide emissions. This is a great contribution to climate protection.
Volkswagen Group Logistics continuously charters two 180-meter long vessels for Europeans shipments. They carry up to 3,500 vehicles on a route from Emden via Dublin (Ireland), Santander (Spain) and Setubal (Portugal) back to Emden, about 50 times per year.
In the course of their journeys, the ships carry annually about 250,000 new vehicles of the Audi, Seat, Škoda brands, as well as Volkswagen passenger cars and commercial vehicles.
A 14,220-kW MAN marine diesel engine powers both vessels. In future, they are to be refueled at sea off the coast of Vlissingen (Netherlands). The Dutch company GoodFuels will supply alternative fuel.
CO2 emissions of the two conventional vessels along their route will be reduced by more than 85 percent – from over 60,000 to about 9,000 tons per year. In addition, this way allows avoiding sulfur oxide emissions almost completely.
Volkswagen also uses the car freighters powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) for travelling between Europe and both Americas.
Furthermore, the company is changing over all rail shipments in Germany with DB Cargo to eco-power.