Renault and NEOLINE partner

During the Assises de la Mer maritime conference, Groupe Renault announced the signing of a three-year partnership with Nantes start-up NEOLINE.

This partnership aims to develop a more sustainable maritime transport service powered by wind, and to contribute to the environmental management of its logistics chain while nearly 60% of the group’s parts and vehicles are transported by sea.

Jean-Philippe Hermine, vice president, strategic environmental planning Groupe Renault, stated, ‘Groupe Renault’s objective is to reduce the environmental impact of each vehicle throughout its entire life cycle, from parts transportation up to delivery and end-of-life processing. In the context of our strategy to explore new sustainable mobility solutions and to continue along the road to reducing our carbon footprint, the solution designed by NEOLINE, which combines energy efficiency and operational relevance, has truly captured our attention.’

To create a maritime transport solution capable of meeting environmental challenges, NEOLINE is developing its industrial-scale wind-powered freight services in response to the logistical needs of shippers.

Led by a team of maritime professionals, this ship owner project has culminated in the design of a commercial demo with the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% through the use of wind power primarily, combined with a cost-cutting speed and optimized energy mix, compared to a traditional cargo ship on an equivalent route.

The objective is to build two ships based on this model and to commission the vessels by 2020-2021 on a pilot route.