Hapag-Lloyd and Kuehne + Nagel Sign Pact on CO2 Reduction

Germany’s container carrier Hapag-Lloyd and Swiss logistics company Kuehne + Nagel have signed a Carbon and Sustainability Pact to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in their common container-transport activities.

The pact calls for a 17 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per container moved by Hapag-Lloyd by 2020 compared to 2017 and allows for potential for additional reductions on selected routes.

In the document, both companies clearly state that they “want to take advantage of this unique opportunity to influence the logistics sector.”

Hapag-Lloyd will make it possible for Kuehne + Nagel to use information about the CO2 emissions of the ships in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet, which has previously been verified by the independent Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG), in its communications with customers.

With their Carbon and Sustainability Pact, both companies have also committed themselves to a series of additional actions to better protect the environment. There are plans to optimize the movement of empty containers as well as to identify alternatives to truck transports using ships or trains.

In addition, there are also plans to use the most modern and eco-friendly reefer equipment whenever possible as well as to use containers with steel rather than wooden floors where appropriate.

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