HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet Agri Heyerdahl Award 2021 winners

HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet Agri have been named as winners of the Heyerdahl Award 2021. The two product owners have joined forces to create an emission-free sailing route and offer a long-term contract for the world's first emission-free bulk carrier. The award was presented by HRH Crown Prince Haakon during the Norwegian Shipowners' Association's annual conference on 18 March.

In its statement, the expert committee noted that the winners of this year's Heyerdahl Award, through their invitation to an open tender competition with the offer of a long-term contract for the world's first zero-emission cargo ship, leveraged their role as product owners to initiate the development of various zero-emission solutions for larger ships with longer sailing distances. 

The expert committee further states that this year's winner sets […] a new standard for the product owner's role in the work toward reducing emissions from shipping. By establishing demand for emission-free ships, this year's winner is actively contributing to the acceleration of the green shift in shipping. 

CEO of HeidelbergCement, Giv Brantenberg, says the award inspires them to continue working with the zero-emission project and to continuously improve the environmental footprint of Heidelberg's products. 

"We are honoured to be selected for the Heyerdahl Award 2021. As a large and international industrial group, HeidelbergCement wants to help make the green shift a reality as quickly as possible. To achieve this, we must think in new ways and examine established practices with new eyes. Together with Felleskjøpet and DNV, we have now discovered a new "route", which is also in Heyerdahl's spirit. 

"Felleskjøpet's ambition is to be a zero-emission company by 2050. Together with Norwegian farmers, we bring a strong will and high expectations to the job of making the entire industry even greener in the years to come. We are therefore very pleased to receive the Heyerdahl Award for the work we have set in motion, offering long-term transport contracts on zero-emission ships. Sustainability is central to our company, and such an award is very inspiring in the further work to achieve our goals," says Per Kenneth Øye, logistics manager at Felleskjøpet Agri, accepting the award on behalf of Felleskjøpet Agri. 

In their work on this year's Heyerdahl Award, the expert committee emphasized projects that bring shipping closer to the goal of zero-emission solutions that can be used by larger ships sailing over longer distances. 

"In order for shipping to reach the very ambitious climate goals the industry has set for itself, it is crucial that product owners get on board, as HeidelbergCement and Felleskjøpet Agri have done in this project. We need many more such projects - and I hope we get them, because this is a project that can be scaled and copied anywhere in the world," says Heyerdahl Award expert committee Chairman, Lasse Kristoffersen. 

The Norwegian Shipowners Association is the secretariat for the award, established in 1999 by Thor Heyerdahl and the Norwegian Shipowners' Association. The award is presented every two years to candidates from the maritime industry who, through innovation or technology development, contribute to improving the global environment.