Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Major Multimodal Player Commits to Zero Carbon in All Operations

From Containers to Tugboats US Logistics Outfit to Target GHGs
Shipping News Feature

NORTH AMERICA – Whilst many trading in the general logistics field have a fairly confined area of expertise, the Florida based Crowley Group infiltrates the supply chain on a variety of different levels, from the warmth of LCL and FCL deep sea operations between the US and Puerto Rico and the Caribbean markets to the delivery of fuel to the frozen wilds of Alaska, or supplying a fleet of tugboats helping load a giant space craft platform bound for Russia.

A truly multimodal operation, the group has already made some significant investments in order to clean up its own emissions footprint and now has laid out its plans to align all its complex range of operations in a bid to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions across all scopes by 2050, pursuing a path aligned with the latest climate science to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

2050 is of course a way to distant for most climate activists but the sheer complexity of Crowley’s operations will mean a progressive effort to cut greenhouse gases as and where possible. If and when the target is achieved Crowley estimates it will reduce overall emissions by 4.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gases per year, or the equivalent of removing more than 900,000 cars from the road every year.

That figure of course means presumably that is the amount the group currently produces and the organisation is taking a multi layered approach to the clean up across its four business units: Crowley Logistics, Crowley Shipping, Crowley Solutions and Crowley Fuels. Tom Crowley, group chairman and CEO observed:

“Crowley is on a mission to become the most sustainable and innovative maritime and logistics company in the Americas. Working together with our customers, suppliers, policymakers and others across our value chain, we can meet the climate crisis head on.”

Crowley has set about creating partnerships across the industry with government and non-governmental organisations to collaboratively achieve decarbonisation and climate action. These include the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (BSMC), which is focused on the North American maritime value chain, and the World Shipping Council (WSC) focusing on the global container shipping industry.

To achieve visibility into its total emissions footprint, Crowley has engaged Salesforce to co-develop a greenhouse gas emissions monitoring and modelling platform that will provide benchmarking, transparency and customised disclosures. Ari Alexander, GM of Salesforce Sustainability Cloud commented:

“We’re proud to be supporting Crowley, our first-to-market customer in the maritime industry, in their sustainability journey to track and reduce their carbon footprint with Salesforce Sustainability Cloud. Crowley can now have a 360 degree view of its carbon footprint, with automated dashboards that provide real-time, actionable insights so they can take meaningful climate action across their supply chain.”

In the coming months, Crowley anticipates submitting its long-and short-term emission reduction goals to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and is set to release an enterprise-wide sustainability roadmap and complete its inaugural sustainability report in 2022. Ray Fitzgerald, chief operating officer at Crowley said:

“First and foremost, achieving net-zero emissions is the right thing to do for our planet and deeply aligns with Crowley’s purpose. It is our responsibility as a leader to anticipate evolving stakeholder and customer expectations.”

A recently conducted materiality assessment and survey showed cutting GHG emissions is a mission critical issue for Crowley’s stakeholders and this is a prime target. Changes to date include introducing an all-electric tugboat and development of alternative energy vessels and offshore wind services. The company formed a New Energy division that will provide offshore wind services in the US and is developing a program that will allow customers to select more sustainable fuels. Alisa Praskovich, vice president of sustainability, concluded:

“Crowley’s value chain accounts for over 80% of our emissions across the enterprise. Collaboration with customers and partners is key to our mutual success reaching net-zero emissions using science-based standards. By creating mutual accountability, we will spur innovation through the open sharing of ideas.”