Wasaline will start operating with certified biogas one day a week from October 13, in preparation for the EU emissions trading system that will come into force next year. Biogas is more expensive than LNG (liquefied natural gas), the current primary fuel of M/S Aurora Botnia, but the company will cover the extra costs on behalf of its customers. With certified biogas, all Friday departures until Christmas will be climate neutral.
“Aurora Botnia is the world’s most environmentally friendly ferry today, but our efforts to reduce our climate footprint continue,” says Peter Ståhlberg, Managing Director at Wasaline.
“This is a pilot project to measure the interest of our cargo owners and passengers, and whether it is financially viable to continue biogas purchases. We would like to thank our loyal customers who have made this unique investment in climate-neutral transport possible for the first time in the Quark.”
Wasaline has already reduced its CO2 emissions by 22 percent this year compared to last year. The use of biogas will further reduce CO2 emissions of Aurora Botnia. With four trips on Fridays, 18 percent of the total weekly departures will be operated with biogas.