Höegh Autoliners joins First Movers Coalition and commits to using green fuels already by 2030

29 September 2022
Press Release

Höegh Autoliners has joined the First Movers Coalition (FMC) to send a strong market demand signal for the emerging technologies essential for a net-zero transition. Höegh Autoliners has committed to running at least 5 % of our deep sea operations on either green ammonia or green methanol by 2030.

Led by the World Economic Forum and the US Government, the First Movers Coalition targets hard-to-abate sectors including aluminium, aviation, chemicals, concrete, shipping, steel, and trucking, which are responsible for 30% of global emissions.

More than 50 companies including Ford Motor Company, Volvo Group, Aker ASA, Yara International, Amazon and A.P. Møller – Mærsk with a combined collective market value of about USD 8.5 trillion across five continents now make up the coalition to help commercialize zero-carbon technologies.

By joining the coalition as one of the first shipping companies, Höegh Autoliners commits to running at least 5% of our deep sea shipping on zero-emission fuels by 2030, enabled by ships capable of using zero-emission fuels.

In general, FMC member companies commit to purchasing a percentage of near-zero or zero-carbon solutions from suppliers, despite the premium cost.

If enough global companies commit a certain percentage of their future purchasing to clean technologies in this decade, this will create a market tipping point that will accelerate their affordability and drive long-term, net-zero transformation across industrial value chains. All FMC members must deliver on their commitments by 2030.

“I am delighted to announce that we have joined the First Movers Coalition. This is a proud moment for our company and a decisive step on our path to zero and our ambitious target of being carbon neutral by 2040," says Höegh Autoliners CEO Andreas Enger and continues:

"Through our Aurora new building program, we firmly believe we will be able to meet or exceed the aim of having 5% of our deep sea operation on carbon neutral fuels, and we encourage both our customers and competitors to also join the FMC. The quest for a greener future is more important than ever, and something we must all contribute to.”

The First Movers Coalition was launched during COP-26 in Glasgow in November 2021 and was initiated by the US State Department, through Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, and the World Economic Forum.

“We are very happy to welcome Höegh Autoliners into the coalition. The shipping industry is an important focus for FMC, and as sustainability frontrunners within their sector, we believe Höegh Autoliners has a lot to bring to the First Movers Coalition. We look forwarding to working together to decarbonize supply chains and secure a genuine net-zero transition,” says Nancy Gillis, Head of the First Movers Coalition. 

Find the latest list of member companies on the FMC website.

Sustainability is our strategy

At Höegh Autoliners sustainability is at our core. Our newly launched Aurora newbuilding program is a definitive step in our commitment to a net zero emissions future by 2040.

Already, we operate and own some of the world’s most efficient Pure Car, Truck Carriers. Our six Horizon class vessels are 40% more efficient than a standard PCTC - making deep sea transportation greener.

Our Aurora class vessels, the largest and most environmentally friendly car carriers ever built, is another major step towards becoming net zero in 2040. They will have DNVs “ammonia ready” and “methanol ready” notations, making the vessels the first in the segment to be ready to operate on zero carbon ammonia.

Höegh Autoliners is proud to also be a signatory of the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonisation. We believe that shipping must and can decarbonise fully by 2050, and we are taking concrete actions towards this goal.

But we cannot do it alone, which is why we have joined 150+ industry leaders and organisations in a call to governments to take action and deliver the policies needed to make zero emission shipping a reality.   

About Höegh Autoliners

Höegh Autoliners is a leading global provider of RoRo (Roll On Roll Off) transportation services delivering cars, high and heavy and breakbulk cargoes across the world. The Company operates around 40 RoRo vessels in global trade systems and makes about 3 000 port calls each year.

Our purpose is to develop innovative solutions for greener and more sustainable deep sea transportation. We are on a path to a zero emissions future and are working closely with customers and partners to achieve this. Höegh Autoliners has its head office in Oslo, Norway and employs around 375 people in its 16 offices worldwide and around 1 250 seafarers.

For further information, please contact:

Andreas Enger, CEO
andreas.enger@hoegh.com
+47 901 31 228


Jakob Stig Dyvik, Head of Communications
jakob.dyvik@hoegh.com
+47 919 28 321