Hapag-Lloyd and Kuehne + Nagel have committed themselves to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in their common container-transport activities.
"Companies aim to jointly develop long-term solutions for container transport - Hapag-Lloyd creates transparency regarding CO2 emissions - Increased transparency gives customers better options," said a press statement.
The Carbon and Sustainability Pact that both companies concluded in the last few days calls for a 17 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per container moved by Hapag-Lloyd by 2020 compared to 2017.
The agreement between the largest seafreight logistics company and one of the largest liner shipping companies in the world also allows for potential for additional reductions on selected routes.
In the document, both companies clearly state that they “want to take advantage of this unique opportunity to influence the logistics sector.”
In doing so, the two companies particularly wish to give Kuehne + Nagel customers options based on transparent data. Hapag-Lloyd will thus make it possible for Kuehne + Nagel to use information about the CO2 emissions of the ships in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet, which has previously been verified by the independent Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG), in its communications with customers.
With their Carbon and Sustainability Pact, both companies have also committed themselves to a series of additional actions to better protect the environment. For example, there are plans to optimize the movement of empty containers as well as to identify alternatives to truck transports using ships or trains.
In addition, there are also plans to use the most modern and eco-friendly reefer equipment whenever possible as well as to use containers with steel rather than wooden floors where appropriate.