#acting for planet

Protecting the environment
is at the core of the CMA CGM Group’s commitments

When faced with major environmental challenges,
the CMA CGM Group resolutely heads towards an ecological transition.
The Group has taken innovative and tangible measures to reduce the impact
of its activities on the climate, air quality, and on biodiversity.


A sustainable reduction in emissions
The technical solutions for 100% carbon-free transport do not yet exist.

The CMA CGM Group is investing heavily in Research and Development (R&D) to design tomorrow’s clean vessels,
and is committed today to all available solutions that will enable it to become carbon neutral by 2050.

LNG is the best solution available today

LNG emits up to 20% less greenhouse gas compared to an oil-burning engine. By 2022, the CMA CGM Group will own a fleet of 26 LNG-powered vessels.

The first tests with 2nd generation biofuels

CMA CGM, a pioneer in the use of eco-responsible solutions, launched a pilot project in 2019 with biofuels made of recycled cooking oils and wood residues. Tests have shown an 80 to 90% reduction in emissions compared to fossil fuels, without having to alter the engine.

And tomorrow,
zero-emission vessels

Several techniques are being studied for the clean vessels of tomorrow: wind-assisted powering, hydrogen engine, green fuels…
The Group’s experts are convinced that the solution to the challenges of energy transition will be a mix of technologies.


Going beyond regulations with LNG

Air quality is a major public health concern.

In choosing LNG for its new ships, the CMA CGM Group is helping to eliminate almost all polluting emissions and thus improve air quality, especially for people living near the coasts and in port cities.

LNG enables the reduction of:

  • 99% of sulfur oxide emissions (thereby effectively going beyond the requirements of international regulations);
  • 91% of Particulate Matter emissions;
  • 92% of nitrogen oxide emissions.

Natural-gas powered ships are eligible to sail in maritime zones where the sulfur content of fuels is limited to 0.1% (Emission Control Area zones).


A responsible use of the ocean, while respecting all living creatures

The CMA CGM Group’s commitment to biodiversity is materialized by several concrete measures:


  • The historical decision to protect the fragile ecosystems of the Arctic: no CMA CGM vessels will ever use the Northern Route; 
  • An innovative system for treating ballast water using UV rays;
  • The inspecting of the hulls using underwater drones to monitor ship wear;
  • The limiting of vessels’ speed in whale breeding grounds to reduce the risk of collision;
  • The highest level of environmental and health & safety requirements for ship dismantling sites.


A pioneering choice to preserve air quality


As its name suggests, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) refers to natural gas in its liquid form. This state is reached when the gas is cooled to a temperature of nearly -161°C.

It is an odorless, colorless, non-corrosive, and non-toxic liquid.

Did you know that LNG occupies 600 times less space than in its gaseous state?



The reason CMA CGM opts for LNG is to protect the environment.

LNG is considered to be the least polluting of fossil fuels.

LNG, which is a substitute for fuel oil, improves air quality by eliminating almost all polluting emissions.

By 2022, 26 LNG vessels will be part of the CMA CGM fleet:

  • 9 x 23,000 TEU, 2 of which have already been put into service between Europe and Asia;
  • 11 x 15,000 TEU, 1 of which has already put into service;
  • 6 x 1,400 TEU, 4 of which have already been delivered to CONTAINERSHIPS, a CMA CGM subsidiary.

It will be the largest LNG container ship fleet in the world.

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