Krill harvesting giant Aker BioMarine, part of Norwegian magnate Kjell Inge Rokke's Aker empire, launched new sustainability goals for 2030 as part of its aim of becoming an emissions-free operation in Antarctica.

The goals include slashing carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent per metric ton of krill produced, using green ammonia to power its vessels, as well as supporting the new spin-off recycling company AION.

Aker BioMarine and Aker Clean Hydrogen inked an industry-first agreement February with several key players to industrialize the production of green ammonia, a sustainable fuel for the shipping industry.

The company's Antarctic Provider vessel is already equipped with the most energy efficient engine in the world and plans to have all vessels use green ammonia by 2030.

Last quarter, the company launched a new recycling firm - AION - as one of several "circular economy" initiatives at the group designed to reduce plastic waste and production residues.

Led by Runa Haug Khoury, former Aker BioMarine director of sustainability and public affairs, AION plans to spin-off in the coming year.

In November, Aker BioMarine made a "significant breakthrough" with a new krill-sourced EPA and DHA product that will play in the burgeoning human eye and brain health market.

The company is scaling up production capacity of the molecule at its manufacturing plant in Houston, Texas, and expects regulatory approval for the dietary supplement version of Lysoveta, a new delivery platform based on LPC-bound EPA and DHA, by the end of 2022.