Monday, November 16, 2015

Container Shipping Line Signs Supply Chain Carbon Pact with Major Supplier

Two Giants of Their Respective Industries Team Up on Logistics Emissions
Shipping News Feature
NETHERLANDS – DENMARK – Nothing demonstrates how much influence the efforts to clean up ocean shipping emissions have better that the recent deal struck between Royal Philips and container group Maersk Line. Philips operates its own supply chain initiatives, persuading suppliers from all sectors to come on board. Now the two companies have confirmed their mutual values and ambitions for achieving sustainable growth in a 5-year ‘Carbon Pact’.

The deal makes sense for Maersk as it puts them in a preferential position when it comes to Philips traffic and both parties concur that they have similar environmental objectives. The new agreement integrates both companies’ longstanding commitments to reduce CO2 emissions within their value chain by 2020. The CO2 reductions are to be achieved over a 5-year time frame between 2016 and 2020 and will focus closely on reducing emissions through fuel efficiency. Head of Forwarding & Distribution at Philips, Frank Dingen, commented:

“Over the past years we’ve seen Maersk Line outperform the industry average when it comes to CO2 emissions. For 2015 results are looking promising as well [and] we want to lock in similar achievements for the years to come. Via the Carbon Pact we expect Maersk Line to deliver tangible carbon savings and we look forward to working together on further increasing transport efficiency and transparency of environmental impacts.”

Arjan de Jongste, Senior Vice President Procurement Indirect Materials & Services at Royal Philips said his company needed to continue to focus on reducing its environmental impact from logistics and both companies have made a commitment to create transparency on the impact of ocean transportation and to work towards integrating CO2 and other sustainability indicators into the commercial supplier relationship. Chief Executive, North Asia Region of Maersk Line, Robbert Jan van Trooijen observed:

“For Maersk Line the partnership is a milestone in our relationship with Philips. We are happy to contribute to Philips’ ambitious climate change agenda, as well as to take our business relationship further through bringing sustainability elements into purchasing decisions. With this we demonstrate that responsible business is good business.”