Wednesday, April 17, 2019

New Initiative to Help Shippers Cut Their Carbon Dioxide Emissions on Air Freight Shipments

Worldwide Calculator to Choose Best Option for Cargo
Shipping News Feature
NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – With the incoming measures to restrict emissions from transport of freight by land and sea with Low Emission Zones springing up everywhere, the incoming sulphur cap on marine fuels etc. the next target will surely be the pollution from aviation and air cargo will be a part of that initiative. Around 2-3% of human produced CO2 comes from aviation.

Although there is currently no practical alternative on long haul flights than the current breed of aircraft Rhenus Logistics Air and Ocean says it has now introduced the first worldwide air freight carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction programme in the world. RHEGREEN, a free-of-charge service, offers the opportunity for customers to choose a ‘greener’ aircraft for the shipment of cargo by air freight, with a claim that CO2 emission reductions will range between 10 and 40%.

Rhenus Logistics Air and Ocean has established a system that calculates rankings for airlines by considering the aircraft types, fuel efficiency and the distances involved in the shipment. The company says the calculation system was validated by an external organisation and is based on which aircraft is the most efficient in terms of CO2 emissions on any given route.

As an example, by choosing the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the shipment of one tonne from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Shanghai, customers can save one tonne of CO2 in comparison to the average CO2 emissions on that particular route. Rhenus now offers the RHEGREEN service from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to five destinations: Chicago, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai and Singapore with plans to expand to other destinations including Frankfurt, Brussels and Madrid among others.

RHEGREEN was developed by Krista Zuurmond, Quality Manager, and Frank Swart, Procurement and Product Development Air, at Rhenus Logistics Air & Ocean in the Netherlands. Their aim is to create awareness of the possibility of sending air freight with lower CO2 emissions and thus lead to heightened awareness throughout the entire logistics chain.

This is one of several projects that is part of a corporate initiative entitled Rhevo, a Rhenus in-house innovation initiative to encourage employees to identify and further develop innovative ideas on processes and products by means of digital concepts as well as establish new ideas on services. Tobias Bartz, a board member of the Rhenus Group commented:

“The demand for a sustainable supply chain continues to grow. RHEGREEN is a major step in offering our customers the choice to reduce the CO2 emissions of their air freight. The roll-out of this free-of-charge service will offer our customers the opportunity to partner together with Rhenus on creating a more sustainable future.”