Freight carbon emissions down year on year, says report
Carbon-dioxide emissions for global ocean container freight ships has declined year on year and by more than seven percent between 2011 and 2012, according to a report published recently.
BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group’s 2013 Collaborative Progress report—which provides data from more than 2,300 ships, representing more than 60 percent of global ocean container capacity—indicates that average carbon-dioxide emissions for global ocean container transport have declined year on year, and by more than seven percent between 2011 and 2012.
While changes in carrier representation or global trade conditions may account for part of the emissions reductions described in the report, the continued performance improvement is also attributed to carrier fleet efficiency and year-on-year improvements in data quality.
The report, which includes data from 16 of the world’s leading ocean container carriers, also highlights how the group has improved the measurement, evaluation, and reporting of environmental performance data for global shipping customers and ocean transport providers.
Clean Cargo, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, has developed industry-leading calculation and reporting methodologies for carriers to report environmental performance data to their customers in a credible, standardized format. Global brands use this data to calculate and reduce the environmental impact of transporting their goods.
Angie Farrag-Thibault, Associate Director, BSR Transport & Logistics Practice, said: “On the heels of the fifth report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, it’s more important than ever that global companies make more informed choices that cut emissions through their supply chain.
“Clean Cargo’s year-on-year emissions metrics provide a reliable benchmark that customers of ocean container transport can use to improve the environmental performance of their global transport supply chain.”
This progress report features the group’s fourth-annual release of its carbon-dioxide global emissions factors table, providing high-quality, trade-lane-specific emissions factors that companies can use to determine the carbon footprint of moving goods.
“The 2013 progress report provides a simple snapshot of the groups’ current efforts and performance, and reiterates Clean Cargo’s commitment for continued collaboration to reduce the environmental impact of global goods movements,” added Farrag-Thibault.
“Membership in Clean Cargo brings us great business value, and it’s clear from the results that the group continues to drive improvement,” said Barry Wallace, Marks and Spencer’s Logistics Manager, International Freight. “Calculating the ocean-related emissions of our products is a complex exercise, and being part of Clean Cargo simplifies the process by giving us reliable data and one-stop access to our major ocean carriers.”
Clean Cargo’s 2013 Progress Report is available online at http://www.bsr.org/en/our-insights/report-view/collaborative-progress-clean-cargo-working-group-progress-report-2013.
About Clean Cargo Working Group
Clean Cargo Working Group is a global carrier-shipper initiative dedicated to improving the environmental performance of marine container transport. The group comprises approximately 35 member companies with an equal spread of carriers and shippers, including 18 world-liner fleet operators and 18 global shippers and freight forwarders. A full list of members is available at www.bsr.org/cleancargo.
BSR works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration.
Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China
Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel.
The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018.
KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management.
"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive.
After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected too trip 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total.
"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”
Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme
Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners.
Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”.
As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030.