The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Goodshipping have launched a campaign to reduce carbon emissions through providing a vessel with sustainable fuel.
Together with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, GoodShipping hopes to identify 20 new sea freight shipping businesses who are interested in using the service as part of their campaign to promote CO2 reductions in the logistics industry.
The first companies to declare their involvement in this initiative are Swinkels Family Brewers, known for brands including Bavaria and Cornet, and Dille & Kamille.
Next year, they will have part or all of their containers carried using sustainable fuel.
GoodShipping ensures that carbon reductions are achieved by providing a vessel with sustainable fuel, as opposed to through compensatory measures such as offsetting by planting trees.
By bunkering together with these shippers, the goal is to cut the quantity of carbon discharged into the environment by 2023 tonnes.
Comparable emissions of carbon are generated by moving 15,000 TEU containers between Rotterdam and Gothenburg.
There is generally little influence among companies that import or export their freight by vessel on the container shipping company’s fuel choice.
By bringing forth the ‘insetting’ idea, GoodShipping aims to change this.
A collaborative effort by the Port of Rotterdam Authority and GoodShipping is educating businesses about this idea so that they can have some or all of their marine freight delivered using sustainable fuel.
Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO, said: “Shipping is not yet on schedule to be carbon neutral by 2050… the 2023 tonne reduction through sustainable fuel use is just the start.”
Companies that participate in this campaign can choose to reduce their carbon emissions by 75, 100, or 125 tonnes.
While contributing to about 3 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions, shipping is a complicated industry that has long been excluded from global climate agreements.
Because businesses frequently only carry a small number of containers on a vessel, the supply chain is also disjointed.
Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO of GoodShipping, commented: “With the Switch to Zero campaign, we’re making it easy for companies to enhance the sustainability of their transport without complex supply chain adaptations.”