CMA CGM trims carbon footprint

CMA CGM trims carbon footprint

Containers with bamboo floors play a key role in CMA CGM's efforts to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global climate change.

CMA CGM said it reduced its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per container transported by 4 percent in 2016, keeping it on track to hit its target of slashing its carbon footprint by 30 percent in the 10 years through 2025.

Meanwhile, Kuehne + Nagel, the world’s largest ocean container freight forwarder, said it is the first logistics provider to disclose CO2 emissions on ocean cargo invoices. As companies institute sustainability goals to woo investors and consumers, the shipping industry is becoming more transparent about its carbon emissions to help the companies that rely upon them to meet those environmental goals.

The French ocean carrier said its battle against global climate change was helped by technological innovations such as bulbous bows that improve ships’ hydrodynamics, the operational optimization of its fleet, and the launch of an eco-container program.

CMA CGM said it has already halved the CO2 emissions per container transported per 100 kilometers (62 miles) between 2005 and 2015 and will continue to improve its performance with the application of new technologies, including the use of alternative fuels such as liquefied natural gas.

The world’s third-largest ocean carrier’s traffic surged 20.4 percent year over year in 2016 to 15.6 million TEU driven by the acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), the Singapore-based owner of APL. Excluding NOL, traffic dipped 1.3 percent to 12.8 million TEU as CMA CGM focused on higher margin cargoes.

Kuehne + Nagel’s printing carbon emissions on each invoice since May will assist shippers with identifying their carbon footprint from transport operations, the Swiss global logistics company said.

Kuehne + Nagel, which handled just over 4 million TEU in 2016, is calculating the emissions using data from its online Global Seafreight Carbon Calculator, which provides instant overviews of CO2, sulfur oxide, and nitrous oxide emissions for full containerload and less-than-containerload movements from door-to-door.

“Our goal is to raise visibility and awareness of the environmental impact within the seafreight supply chain. This will improve decision making with respect to carbon emissions,” said Otto Schacht, member of the management board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG.

Kuehne + Nagel and CMA CGM are both members of the Clean Cargo Working Group, which aims to reduce the environmental impact of global transportation and support environmentally friendly logistics.

The group’s shipping line members represent 87 percent of global container movements, based on the actual consumption of fuel by each vessel, trade lane, nominal vessel size, and distance traveled.

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