How it works

GoodShipping is the only fuel shift impact service in the world covering all transport modalities, from road to rail to aviation. Learn more about how we facilitate your fuel switch via our decarbonisation service.

Why join GoodShipping?

When making plans on how to reduce their emissions, companies often focus on their scope 1 and 2 emissions first; the emissions that are caused directly by their business owned entities. However, scope 3 emissions (indirect emissions caused as a consequence of business activities) are just as damaging for our climate. Scope 3 emissions are probably hardest for a company to reduce, but GoodShipping offers a solution to this problem.

Scope 1: Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources

These are the emissions from activities under your control, such as fuel combustion on-site, as for example gas boilers, fleet vehicles and air-conditioning leaks.

Scope 2: Indirect emissions

These are the emissions created to for example generate the electricity purchased and used by your company.

Scope 3: Other indirect emissions that occur in the value chain of the reporting company

These are emissions from activities of your company occurring from sources you do not own or control. They are usually the greatest share of the carbon footprint, associated with business travel, procurement, and freight transport.

Mass Balance Principle

Scientists and sustainable front runners often reach out to the principle of Mass Balance to kickstart change within an industry. According to this principle, the total effect of a material is calculated simply by adding and subtracting it as a whole. As an example: To improve the quality of the environment, it does not matter where in the atmosphere you substitute a material with a better alternative, as the net result for the atmosphere is the same. In the case of GoodShipping, the material that is in need for urgent replacement is fossil fuel. Our sustainable fuels are a real substitute for traditional fossil fuels.


However, it is not always possible to refuel ships, planes or trucks carrying your cargo with these alternatives. Availability and costs of these sustainable fuels differ around the world. Also, not every transport company wants to use these alternatives yet. The Mass Balance principle gives us a way to make real impact: It lets us substitute fossil fuels at the most efficient place and time in the sector. To be more precise, in collaboration with transport companies we are able to execute fuel switches and replace fossil fuels with truly sustainable biofuels. Whenever, wherever.

Dopper wants to save the planet in all sorts of areas; that’s in our DNA. We are glad to be the front-runner, to inspire others. We show it really can be done differently and more sustainably. In any discipline. It’s fantastic to see other sustainable initiatives like GoodShipping do the same.
Merijn Everaarts

Founder , Dopper

Our fuel switch 

Sustainable biofuels can be perceived as something unreachable. They are relatively new for most transport companies, plus slightly more expensive than their fossil equivalents. As our clients cover this extra fuel cost (the so called fuel premium), GoodShipping is able to offer sustainable biofuels for fossil prices to transporters, often eliminating one of the key reasons not to use them. In exchange, the corresponding scope 3 emission reductions that the fuel switch realises, are allocated to GoodShipping’s clients.

How can you decarbonise?

There is constant innovation on replacing fossil fuels with more sustainable alternatives. Biofuels, hydrogen, Bio-LNG, electrification, Bio-methanol – the list of new ideas is endless. In order to phase out fossil fuels, we need many different solutions that result in a successful energy transition.

For heavy duty mobility like trucking, short and deep sea shipping and aviation, biofuels are currently the most economic and practical solution. Biofuels are ‘drop-in’, implying no changes in engines or tanks are needed. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, biofuels are carbon neutral from combustion onwards. Even with production and transportation process emissions included, the biofuels we work with are all so called next generation biofuels that reduce carbon emissions by at least 80%. Also, they significantly reduce local emissions and improve air quality.


What are biofuels?

A biofuel is any fuel that is derived from biomass. Biomass is plant or animal material used for energy production, for example wood, sugar cane, straw or food waste. Using biomass as a feedstock to produce fuel (instead of fossil gas, coal or oil), no additional CO2 emissions are released into the atmosphere when the fuel is burnt in an engine. Instead, the CO2 emitted is completely circular: It is absorbed from the atmosphere by the biomass it was produced with. In other words, biofuels are carbon neutral from combustion onwards.

Which types of biofuels does GoodShipping use?

To execute our fuel switches, we work with fuel products from our sister company GoodFuels. GoodFuels co-develops and supplies biofuels, and follows strict sustainability criteria. All feedstocks GoodFuels uses for their products are waste and residues, plus GoodFuels ensures there is never any competition with food production or stimulation of deforestation in the production processes. All GoodFuels products are either ISCC or RSB certified, and are approved by GoodFuels’ own independent Sustainability Board.

GoodFuels HVO Synthetic Biodiesel 

This is a direct replacement for diesel used by trucks or for marine gas oil used by inland ships. The feedstock to produce HVO is Used Cooking Oil (UCO and other waste streams). These are oils and fats we gather from cooking or frying in the food processing industry, restaurants, fast foods or households. HVO is a distillate fuel and it reduces carbon emissions with 80 – 90%, this is including the production process. Next to that, HVO fully eliminates Sulphur emissions and significantly lowers Nitrogen (-37%) and Particulate Matter (60%). 

GoodFuels Bio-Fuel Oil (BFO) 

This quite revolutionary product was developed by GoodFuels and specifically suitable for short and deep sea shipping. BFO is a direct replacement for heavy fuels used in shipping. Just like HVO is made out of Used Cooking Oil (UCO) or other sustainable waste streams. However, as this is a residual and not a distillate fuel, it is cheaper. As a result, it is more cost competitive with its fossil equivalents. Being a relatively new type of fuel, industry uptake is still in full swing.

In comparison to HVO, BFO is not yet approved by as many stakeholders. However, GoodFuels is an expert and pioneer in creating markets. And has already achieved several thousands of tons of carbon emission reduction supplying this product to shipping companies. Just like HVO, BFO reduces 80 – 90% of CO2 emissions and is Sulphur free.

Be a leader too

Joining GoodShipping proofs you take climate change seriously. By doing what is necessary for our climate, your company will set a new norm for others: start shipping right, start shipping sustainably.

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