Shipping and transportation make up a large and complex part of most supply chains; maritime transport is essential to the world’s economy as the majority of the world’s trade is carried by sea. With issues of global climate change becoming more prevalent, transportation as a whole holds the dubious honor of being the fastest growing source of emissions – carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
A company’s carbon footprint tracks back to transport and logistics activity. International marine vessels are far more efficient than other forms of transport but they also operate on diesel fuel which creates emissions that lead to environmental issues. As reported last month by the JOC, global freight transportation and distribution systems account for more than 3 billion metric tons of carbon emissions each year. That’s equal to more than 700 coal plants or the combined pollution output of Canada, Germany, Japan and Mexico. By 2035, emissions from freight in the U.S. are expected to rise 74 percent, and China is expected to increase its use of freight transportation fuels by 320 percent in the same period.
We need to ensure that maritime operations are efficient, safe and environmentally friendly in the carriage of global trade. Sustainability is the latest trend, encompassing social and business standards along with the environmental pollution prevention. Such as:
improved ships’ ballast water management methods
creation of hybrid and compressed natural gas fleets
prevention of air pollution from ships
greenhouse gas emissions
recycling of old ships
Ensure your businesses carbon footprint is doing its part by using PIERS data to determine the most efficient trade route to meet your business needs.