Ocean freight forwarder DB Schenker in February said it is the first company within its sector to have switched its entire LCL (Less than Container Load) volumes with CMA CGM, on a regular basis, to a carbon-free production.
The company has signed a purchase contract with over 2,500 metric tonnes of biofuel, for all LCL transports and additional FCL (Full Container Load) containers with the world leader in shipping, CMA CGM.
This means that from now on, the partners will operate DB Schenker’s LCL consolidation boxes, sourced from advanced biofuels, in overallocation to arrive at net carbon zero-emission well-to-wake compared to fossil fuel.
“We are excited to make a significant investment in reducing the CO2 footprint in container sea freight. Running on biofuel marks another important step towards greener supply chains and pays into our overall sustainability agenda in ocean freight,” said Thorsten Meincke, Board Member for Air and Ocean Freight at DB Schenker.
“Our goal is to become sustainability leader and net carbon zero by 2040, and we are ambitiously taking the lead together with CMA CGM.”
With this, DB Schenker offers their customers exclusively to book the “carbon zero” LCL option with immediate effect, and they will receive a certificate of the emission reduction for their climate balance sheet.
Seven thousand tons CO2e well-to-wake of greenhouse gas emissions can potentially be reduced through cooperation, and this makes it one of the most significant deals in ocean freight logistics to date.
By over-allocating biofuel to these TEUs, DB Schenker insets all upstream emissions, making all LCL containers handled with CMA CGM truly 100% net carbon zero.
“As a pioneer and a leader in sustainable shipping and logistics, the CMA CGM group has pledged that alternative fuels will cover at least 10% of its consumption by 2023,” adds Olivier Nivoix Executive Vice President, Lines, CMA CGM Group.
“We already offer our customers a range of turnkey solutions to tackle their carbon footprint. Biofuel is one of the solutions to decarbonize shipping, and we are delighted about the bold partnership we are launching today with DB Schenker.
“CMA CGM continues to invest heavily in research and development alongside its industrial partners to identify the energy sources of the future.”
Photo credit: CMA CGM
Published: 28 February, 2022
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