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2018 Clean Cargo Emissions Factors Report Published

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.

2017 Clean Cargo Trade Lane Emissions Factors Report

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.

Collaborative Progress: Clean Cargo 2016 Progress Report

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.

Clean Cargo Carbon Emissions Accounting Methodology

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.

BSR’s Clean Cargo Makes Ocean Emissions Easy

I used to wonder why it was so difficult to measure ocean transport emissions at a product level. To me, the answer seemed deceptively simple: Why not take the distance traveled by a ship and multiply it by fuel emissions factors and the weight of a product? It turns out that the answer is not so easy. In ocean transport, a web of factors weighs into the equation including trade routes, calls at port, and especially vessel capacity, all making it complex for cargo carriers to provide a simple answer.

The Clean Cargo is cutting through this complexity by working with its members and stakeholders to make it easy for major brands and retailers to calculate their ocean transport environmental footprint. Hapag-Lloyd’s Erika Sagert and Nike’s Dawn Vance joined BSR on July 11 for a one-hour webinar to show us how Clean Cargo is working on this and other environmental issues.

Sagert and Vance provided a few insights during the webinar Q&A:

Q: How does Clean Cargo make it easier for Nike to go through carrier selection?
Vance: “It gives us real data so that we can look at the performance of a carrier. Where you see good performance, you can have a good conversation with that company to see what [they] are doing that’s working, and on the other end, [a carrier] might be underperforming to what the rest of the industry is doing.  I am really proud of the fact that we have been able to get all of our key business partners to say what their key goals and targets are for the future. The message has been sent from shippers that we are going to measure [data] and use it in our procurement decisions.”

Q: How does Clean Cargo’s work on environmental performance make it easier for Hapag-Lloyd to speak with customers?
Sagert: “It is an effort to collect and fill in the [environmental performance] data sheet, but the results we receive from BSR give us a very good tool that can be used in conversations with shippers.”

Sagert also stressed that the verified data gives Hapag-Lloyd confidence in using it, stating, “The data has been calculated according to [what is] recognized as the methodology for ocean shipping. It is verified, so it is credible and useful for shippers.”

Q: How can other shippers learn more from Nike’s work using Clean Cargo data?
Vance: “Nike is all about collaboration right now. We are willing to share what we are doing, and we encourage others to join Clean Cargo—it is a really good way to get connected with a large shipper group. We [have] learned a great deal from companies like IKEA who are shipping a whole variety of things and have had to solve different kinds of problems.”

Vance noted, “I often have business-to-business conversations with people from other companies from all over the world just to exchange ideas, talk about the current states of processing data and how we are using it.”