DB Schenker Logistics has signed a six-year strategic agreement with Maersk Line in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from ocean freight by 2020.
As part of this initiative, Maersk Line will take action to reduce the CO2 emissions of the shipment for DB Schenker Logistics by 20%, compared with 2014 levels.
Deutsche Bahn chief sustainability officer Dr Karl-Friedrich Rausch said: "This is the first agreement between a global logistics services provider and a container shipping company.
"Maersk Line is an important partner for us. Together, we will increase our freight volumes and share responsibility for protecting the climate. The agreement is a milestone because we are incorporating aspects of sustainability into our business relationships."
The present agreement is aimed at increasing customers’ interest in sustainable ocean freight on the market by bringing aspects of sustainability into business decision-making processes, Maersk Line stated.
Globally, the shipping industry has made numerous efforts to reduce emissions, including introducing new, larger and more efficient vessels, slow steaming and technical modifications to existing ships.
Commenting on the new agreement, Maersk Line chief trade and marketing officer Vincent Clerc said: "The partnership encourages greater transparency on sustainable container transportation, which can drive significant sustainability improvements in the industry.
"By integrating sustainability elements into the purchasing decisions, we jointly strive to change the procurement process in container shipping fundamentally."
In September 2014, a report from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) revealed that the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global maritime transport is estimated to have been more than 20% lower in 2012 than in 2007.
Image: Maersk Line to reduce CO2 emissions of DB Schenker Logistics’ shipments up to 2020. Photo: courtesy of Maersk Line.