Container shipping CO2 emissions continue to drop

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Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from 17 of the world’s leading ocean container carriers continued to fall in 2019, according to a new report from Clean Cargo.

Representatives from around 85% of global containerized shipping showed a 5.2% reduction in CO2 index for container shipping from 2018 to 2019. The decrease for reefer shipping stands at 2.5%.

The annual report indicates that container shipping continues to improve its fleet-wide environmental efficiency whilst ensuring the smooth functioning of global trade, said Clean Cargo in a statement.

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“Standardized, consolidated, industry-wide emissions data are essential to decarbonization efforts. Clean Cargo continues to provide industry-leading emissions factors and tools for buyers of freight to calculate their emissions and make procurement decisions that incorporate environmental impacts,” said Angie Farrag-Thibault, Collaborations and Transport Director at BSR and Programme Director of Clean Cargo.

“With over 60 global brands and forwarders working with the industry in Clean Cargo, we are making excellent collective progress. But we know that further action is needed: full value chain collaboration is critical to transform the system, and we encourage more brands to get involved.”

Clean Cargo’s aggregate average Trade Lane CO2 Emissions Factors are compiled from verified operations data of over 3,500 vessels, from 17 of the world’s largest ocean container carriers, including A.P. Møller – Mærsk, CMA CGM Group, COSCO Shipping Lines Ltd., Evergreen Line, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai M.M., MSC, Ocean Network Express (ONE), and Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.

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