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Bakkafrost participates in project to build eco-friendly workboat. Faroese based salmon farmer Bakkafrost is helping to facilitate a competition to develop a new eco-friendly workboat.

A couple of weeks ago, the minister of Nordic Collaboration, Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen, and Bakkafrost CEO Regin Jacobsen signed an intent to facilitate a competition to build a new eco-friendly workboat.

It is the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Government of the Faroe Islands, who have initiated the project. The goal is to discover new green solutions for remote locations. The salmon industry in the Faroe Islands has agreed that Bakkafrost should participate in the project on behalf of the industry.

The task is to design a workboat for the salmon industry, which exclusively runs on renewable energy.

The winner of the competition gets to sign a contract with Bakkafrost, who commits to buy the boat; provided that the suggestions are satisfactory.

Bakkafrost has approximately 60 workboats and says it is delighted to get the opportunity to be a part of the project.

Kaj Leo Holm Johannessen also a applauds the collaboration with Bakkafrost, which can become an important step towards an even more sustainable society.

“It is often said that we don’t have any solutions to make our vessels and boats eco-friendly, and that they need to run on traditional fuel. However, with this project, we contribute to the discovery of new solutions to make the maritime industry environmentally friendly,” Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen says.

The Faroese Environment Agency is managing the project on behalf of the Faroese government. They point to the fact that the project will contribute to higher efficiency and diversity in the use of renewable energy. It is up to the participants to pick, what kind of renewable energy source they want to use. In the tender specifications different solutions are mentioned for using the electrical energy from renewable energy sources such as wind, directly or transformed to fuel to use in e.g. fuel cells.

“We are going to expand the wind energy for the next couple of years, and already at this point we know that there will be produced more energy, than we can use directly. This is a project that utilizes and stores this surplus energy,” says Sigurð í Jákupsstovu, manager at The Faroese Environment Agency.

The project receives 4 million DKK in financial support from the Nordic Council of Ministers. If the project becomes a success, the workboat will become part of the operations in 2021.

In Bakkafrost’s latest sustainability report, Healthy Living 2019, they have committed to reduce their CO2 footprint from Faroese operations by 50% by 2030.

Like Bakkafrost, the Government of the Faroe Islands takes part in the work to achieve the UN Sustainability Goals. UN encourages every country to base their actions to become more sustainable on their individual premises and to make their own priorities to achieve the sustainability goals.