Carbon dioxide emissions on the major ocean freight routes declined by almost six per cent, a study by BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group has revealed.
The figures are based on data from 13 major ocean container carriers representing about 60 per cent of capacity worldwide.
BSR said factors contributing to the fall included changes in carrier representation and global trade conditions, as well as improvements in carrier fleet efficiency and data quality.
“Clean Cargo provides us with actual carbon-dioxide emissions from our carriers,” said Gorm Kjaerboll, Ocean Operations Manager at Electrolux and a Clean Cargo steering committee member. “As a shipper, we need good quality data to set and deliver on our own carbon footprint targets. We value our carriers’ efforts and welcome other shippers to join the dialogue and continue improvement of standards and performance.”
Angie Farrag, Clean Cargo project manager for BSR’s Transport & Logistics Practice, said: “Clean Cargo created the industry standard for calculating ocean container carbon-dioxide emissions, and we continuously work to improve the methodology.
“The priority now is to scale up shipper use of this data and support efforts to standardise emissions calculations across the entire logistics supply chain. This is critical in moving from measurement and reporting to real performance improvement over time.”