Friday, January 23, 2015

Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group Makes a Deal with Largest Container Shipping Line

Emission Reduction Features High on the Agenda of All in the Transport Sector
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – GERMANY – DENMARK – At a time when environmental matters are increasingly a more pressing responsibility for companies, and in the transport sector particularly, more and more firms are trying to find different ways to help customers improve their environmental footprint and demonstrate their ‘green’ credentials. Emphasising their ongoing commitment to sustainable growth, freight forwarding group DB Schenker Logistics, and container shipping giant Maersk Line, have signed a joint six-year strategic agreement aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from the ocean freight sector.

Maersk Line will undertake a number of initiatives to reduce the CO2 emissions of every container it ships on behalf of DB Schenker Logistics between now and 2020 by 20%, compared to 2014 levels. The initiative the box carrier plans to implement include network and speed optimisation, technical upgrading of existing ships, and deployment of new and more efficient ships in its network, such as the Triple-E ships. These of course are actually strategies that Maersk have had in place for a number of years. The efforts to optimise the Maersk network and improve energy efficiency has already led to a reduction in total fuel consumption of 1.2 million tonnes in 2013 (down 12.1 % from 2012), equivalent to 3.8 million tonnes of CO2 and a cost saving of $764 million.

The objective of the new six-year agreement is to encourage customers' interest in sustainable ocean freight by bringing environmental improvements into business decision-making processes. Schenker says that Maersk is its preferred partner as the shipping company invests in state-of-the-art fuel efficient vessels and its service network and ship operation is optimised to meet the highest standards, reducing polluting emissions overall. In addition, Maersk Line has the ability to break down the environmental improvements per container transported. Vincent Clerc, Chief Trade and Marketing Officer in Maersk Line said:

"The partnership encourages greater transparency on sustainable container transportation which can drive significant sustainability improvements in the industry. By integrating sustainability elements into the purchasing decisions, we jointly strive to change the procurement process in container shipping fundamentally."

DB Schenker’s own pollution reduction activities are an integral component of the Group’s Climate Protection Programme 2020. This programme aims to cut the DB Group’s specific CO2 emissions i.e. emissions from transport services, by an additional 20% worldwide between 2006 and 2020. This target is based on achievements made in recent years. Parent company Deutsche Bahn says it has already reduced its specific CO2 emissions from rail transport by over 40% since 1990. The logistics sector of the group has defined specific savings targets in all business units, for example in optimising fleets and improving the energy efficiency of buildings and facilities.

Figures for Schenker’s ocean freight sector improved again in 2013, by an additional 14% on the previous year, with the company highlighting container shipping as a whole becoming more energy efficient. Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, Chief Sustainability Officer of DB Schenker Logistics’ parent company, Deutsche Bahn, and Management Board Member for Transportation and Logistics at DB Mobility Logistics, said:

"This is the first agreement between a global logistics services provider and a container shipping company. Maersk Line is an important partner for us. Together, we will increase our freight volumes and share responsibility for protecting the climate. The agreement is a milestone because we are incorporating aspects of sustainability into our business relationships."