Tuesday, December 3, 2019

As UN Climate Change Conference Gets Under Way Container Shipping Line Signs Up to Global Compact

Pledge to Accept Responsibility for Sustainable Development Goals
Shipping News Feature

SPAIN – WORLDWIDE – This week sees the start of COP25 in Madrid, the UN Climate Change Conference which runs until December 13. With fisheries and aquaculture supporting 10-12% of the global population, marine ecosystems and coastal areas are at the very top of the agenda, and this naturally brings ocean shipping into the debate from the start of the discussions.

One major line to sign up to the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, the United Nations Global Compact, is maritime transport and logistics outfit CMA CGM, owner of one of the top four container shipping lines in the world. The company recently received ‘Gold Recognition Level’ for the fifth consecutive year from sustainability rating group EcoVadis.

The Global Compact is a United Nations initiative that aims to mobilise business and civil society around the promotion and practical implementation of sustainable development goals. It is the largest international voluntary initiative for sustainable development, with more than 13,000 participants in 170 countries.

As part of the Global Compact, CMA CGM will adhere to the Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business, which is the technical network dedicated to marine issues, as well as to the Sustainable Ocean Principles, a set of nine principles for the preservation of the oceans. CMA CGM says it will be able to bring its expertise acquired through its concrete initiatives and thus place on the agenda of the Global Compact work programme various issues likely to accelerate the energy transition of industry and strengthen ocean protection.

The French company says that so far its environmental initiatives have enabled it to reduce its CO2 emissions per container transported by 50% between 2005 and 2015, whilst it has also set a new reduction target of an additional 30% by 2025.

  • A pioneering commitment to the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for large capacity vessels. LNG reduces sulphur oxide and fine particulate emissions by 99%, nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 85% and CO2 emissions by around 20%. By the end of 2022, the CMA CGM Group will have 20 LNG-powered vessels
  • CMA CGM has decided that none of its vessels will use the Northern Sea Routes in order to preserve the fragile and unique ecosystems of the Arctic. CMA CGM claims it was the first Group in the world to make this commitment, which was welcomed and followed by many actors in the maritime industry
  • The world's first partnership to successfully test a latest-generation biofuel, made from recycled vegetable oils and forest residues, that reduces CO2 emissions by 80% over the entire life cycle. Test carried out in partnership with IKEA and The GoodShipping Program
  • The development of numerous advanced eco-technologies on the Group's fleet to improve its performance and reduce energy consumption: optimisation of bows’ shape for better hydrodynamic efficiency, innovations on the propellers and the engines to reduce fuel and oil consumption
  • The creation of a Fleet Centre to which all the Group's vessels (506) are connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; this unique system makes it possible to optimise shipping routes in order to combine operational efficiency, safety and fuel consumption optimisation, thus reducing CO2 emissions.
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