The average carbon dioxide emissions in the global ocean transportation sector declined nearly 6 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year, according to a study performed by Business for Social Responsibility’s Clean Cargo Working Group.
Improvements in carrier fleet efficiency and data quality contributed to the reduction in carbon emissions in the ocean shipping industry, according to the Clean Cargo study.
“The priority now is to scale up shipper use of this data and support efforts to standardize emissions calculations across the entire logistics chain,” said Angie Farraq, clean cargo project manager for the organization’s transportation and logistics practice.
Gorm Kjaerboll, ocean operations manager at Electrolux, noted that the data allows Electrolux to track the actual carbon dioxide emissions of the carriers the company ships with. “As a shipper, we need good quality data to set and deliver on our own carbon footprint targets,” Kjaerboll said.
The Clean Cargo Working Group, a carrier-shipper initiative dedicated to improving the environmental performance of marine container transport, is comprised of some 30 companies equally split between shippers and carriers.
The group has developed tools and methodologies to gather vessel-by-vessel environmental performance data on emissions, particularly carbon footprint data. This is the third year Clean Cargo has released its emissions data. The data covers about 2,000 vessels from 13 shipping lines that collectively represent more than 60 percent of the global container fleet.