This primer focuses on the forces of change that will reshape supply chains from today to 2025 and offers recommendations for how companies can develop their supply chains to be fit for the future.
Annually, Clean Cargo discloses trade lane carbon dioxide emissions factors for ocean container transport, this year collected from 22 ocean container carriers on more than 3,200 ships that collectively represent approximately 85 percent of ocean container capacity worldwide. Our annual reporting indicates that average CO2 emissions per container per kilometer for global ocean transportation routes fell 1 percent from 2016 to 2017. Since Clean Cargo began publicly reporting data from the industry in 2009, emissions per container per kilometer have dropped 37.1 percent on average.
Several years ago, Clean Cargo published its peer-reviewed, standardized methodology and reporting system that has been adopted globally by the industry, with carriers submitting operational data from the entire fleet to BSR on an annual basis. The results produce environmental performance scorecards for each carrier, which are used to meet corporate supply chain sustainability goals by 95 percent of shipping customers who participate in the group.
Today, Clean Cargo tools represent the industry standard for measuring and reporting ocean carriers’ environmental performance globally. Clean Cargo’s 50 members benefit from these tools while sharing knowledge and best practices for cutting emissions, and they publicly demonstrate their commitment to global efforts to reduce emissions.
Annually, BSR’s Clean Cargo discloses trade lane carbon-dioxide-emissions factors for ocean container transport, this year collected from more than 3,200 ships for 22 ocean container carriers that collectively represent 87 percent of ocean container capacity worldwide. Our annual reporting indicates that average carbon dioxide emissions per container per kilometer for global ocean transportation routes were reduced by 2.4 percent from 2015 to 2016. This was also the first year that 100 percent of carriers included in the emissions factors were verified using the Clean Cargo protocol.
Today, Clean Cargo tools represent the industry standard for measuring and reporting ocean carriers’ environmental performance globally. Clean Cargo 50 members—including 30 global brands and freight forwarders—benefit from these tools while sharing knowledge and best practices for cutting emissions, and they publicly demonstrate their commitment to global efforts to reduce emissions.
The Paris Agreement has increased environmental performance expectations from customers, regulators, and consumers. However, standardized data and forums that can help companies remain ahead of trends and regulation are few and far between. This report provides an update on the progress of Clean Cargo, now in its 13th year, and the annual disclosure of carbon-dioxide-emissions factors for ocean container transport collected from over 3,300 vessels.
Clean Cargo includes 45 members representing 85 percent of ocean container cargo carriers and many customers. In 2016, Clean Cargo Members have developed and adopted a Climate and Call to Action Statement, committing to improving the performance of ocean shipping and calling for increased ambition, collaboration, and action from all stakeholders for low-carbon logistics.
Clean Cargo also continues to provide standardized methodologies to measure key environmental performance indicators and easy-to-use tools to reduce environmental impacts. The 2016 data collection shows an 8 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) per kilometer from the previous year.
For many years, companies across all industries have had sustainable supply chain programs focused on managing sustainability risks and opportunities among their global supplier networks. Leading companies recognize that these supply chain sustainability programs create value, and we have seen a positive trend toward more impact-focused programs among these leaders.
This working paper introduces the Supply Chain Leadership Ladder, a maturity model for supply chain sustainability programs, which companies can use to identify their level of maturity and impact and develop their program toward deeper impact in accordance with their level of ambition.
This report provides a detailed description of Clean Cargo's accounting methodology for carbon dioxide emissions. This industry-standard methodology is used by container carrier operators worldwide, representing more than 80 percent of global container cargo carried. Following the guidance in this report ensures its applicability and proper use for performing emissions calculations, bench-marking, and evaluation of performance.
Clean Cargo will continue to engage with policymakers and other global initiatives to ensure this methodology remains in leading practice among global industry carbon-emissions-accounting methodologies.
Companies seeking to measure and reduce their supply chain emissions face a complex task in gathering comparable data and verifying its quality. The Clean Cargo methodology was developed to balance technical accuracy with practical application. Transportation procurement managers use these tools as a factor in supplier selection and to quantify and drive improvements for this important category in corporate greenhouse gas reduction targets. Specifically, they can:
Calculate a CO2 footprint
Assess supplier environmental performance
Select suppliers using sustainability criteria
In this guide, we explore each of these approaches to calculate and manage CO2 emissions from ocean container transport.