Emission-Free Ocean Freight: DB Schenker and CMA CGM Commit to Greener Shipping

CMA CGM vessel at port.
CMACGM vessel at port.

DB Schenker teamed up with CMA CGM Group to switch their entire LCL (Less-than Container Load) volumes to regular, carbon-free production – the first logistics companies to make this switch. To accomplish this milestone, DB Schenker signed a purchase contract for over 2,500 tons of biofuel along with CMA CGM.

2,500 tons was a strategic overallocation in order to ensure the biofuel requirements are readily available. Now, all LCL will be able to reach net carbon zero-emission on a well-to-wake basis on the LCL segment.

“We are excited to make a significant investment in reducing the CO2 footprint in container sea freight,” says Thorsten Meincke, DB’s Global Board Member for Air & Ocean Freight. “Running on biofuel marks another important step towards greener supply chains and pays into our overall sustainability agenda in ocean freight. Our goal is to become a sustainability leader of the logistics industry and net carbon-zero by 2040, and we are ambitiously taking the lead here with CMA CGM.”

This is a pioneering partnership towards the goal of decarbonizing ocean freight, which immediately reduces the environmental footprint of maritime transport. With DB and CMA CGM at the vanguard of this push for greener industry practices, this move outlines attainable steps for other maritime transport companies to take in order to reduce both their customer’s and their own carbon footprint.

“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 percent of its consumption by 2023,” adds Olivier Novoix, 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.”

Customers of both companies can book the carbon-zero LCL option with immediate effect. They will then receive a certificate of the emission reduction for their climate balance sheet. The partnership is projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 7,000 tons CO2e well-to-wake. This corresponds with at least 100 percent of the well-to-wheels emissions of the LCL containers handled with CMA CGM, making it one of the most significant emissions-focused deals in ocean freight logistics.

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