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Climate and energy

Royal Greenland uses Marine Gas Oil on all vessels

The energy consumption and climate footprint of our factories and fisheries are key focus areas.

During 2019, two new vessels, featuring new design principles, were launched in Royal Greenland’s fleet. As a consequence, a reduction is expected in the total energy consumption per tonne of finished product. Onboard the new M/tr Sisimiut, trimmings can be used for fish oil and fish meal, which is positive in terms of raw material utilisation, but still constitutes energy-intensive production. For this vessel, we must therefore expect an increase in the total energy consumption and emission of CO2 equivalents.

Today, Royal Greenland uses Marine Gas Oil (MGO) on all vessels. The advantage is that MGO has a very low sulphur content (< 0.1%) and therefore pollutes less than Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO). MGO also has a lower volume of black particle emissions. The CO2e emission rate is the same for the two types of oil.                                            


We will reduce CO2e emissions from our vessels, since the seafaring vessels’ consumption of fossil fuels constitutes the greatest overall contribution to CO2e emissions at Royal Greenland.

We will also focus on reducing the Group’s total energy consumption. Where possible, we will reduce fossil fuel consumption by converting oil-driven machines to electrical versions at locations with hydropower or other renewable energy sources.

Status 2020

  • Vessels’ CO2e emissions, based on bunker consumption:
  • Offshore vessels (prawn and fish trawlers, longline): 1.78 tonnes CO2e/t finished goods
  • Inshore vessels (trawlers, dinghies, wellboats): 0.85 tonnes CO2e/t finished goods
  • Pelagic vessels: 0.66 tonnes CO2e/t finished goods
  • In 2020, the Group’s energy consumption totalled approximately 3,230 kWh/tonnes of finished goods                                                                

Goal 2022

Annual reduction of energy consumption by 5%, measured at Group level.


Determine action plans to reduce energy consumption at factories and facilities based on a review of consumption in the individual process stages.

Compare new trawlers (2019) with discontinued trawlers, in order to assess improvements.

Use existing knowledge and coming “big data” to reduce overall energy consumption.

Incorporate reduction targets for CO2e emissions in the next generation of vessels.

Ambition 2030

Energy sources and alternatives to bunker oil are currently subject to intensive research. Based on current knowledge, towards 2030 our goal is to reduce CO2e emissions from vessels by 25%, calculated per tonne of finished product, and to reduce the Group’s energy consumption by a minimum of 30%. 

See also

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