DB Schenker Logistics and Maersk Line have signed a six-year strategic agreement on reducing CO2 emissions from ocean freight. The partnership emphasizes the companies' shared commitment to sustainable growth. Maersk Line will undertake to reduce the CO2 emissions of every container it ships on behalf of DB Schenker Logistics between now and 2020 by 20% compared to 2014 levels.
"This is the first agreement between a global logistics services provider and a container shipping company," says Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, Chief Sustainability Officer of Deutsche Bahn AG and Management Board Member for Transportation and Logistics at DB Mobility Logistics AG.
"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 objective of the six-year agreement is to fuel customers' interest in sustainable ocean freight on the market by bringing aspects of sustainability into business decision-making processes. Maersk Line is DB Schenker's preferred partner because Maersk Line invests in state-of-the-art fuel efficient ships and because its service network and ship operation is optimized to meet the highest standards, which reduces polluting emissions overall. In addition, Maersk Line can break down the environmental improvements per container transported.
"The partnership encourages greater transparency on sustainable container transportation which can drive significant sustainability improvements in the industry," says Vincent Clerc, Chief Trade and Marketing Officer in Maersk Line.
"By integrating sustainability elements into the purchasing decisions, we jointly strive to change the procurement process in container shipping fundamentally."
DB Schenker is one of the world's leading providers in the industry. As a globally active, integrated logistics services provider, the Logistics Division of Deutsche Bahn has a network in nearly 140 countries and serves 700,000 customers. The Ocean Freight unit of DB Schenker oversaw nearly 1.9 million TEUs in 2013, making it the number two in the world by volume.
Maersk Line is the world's largest container shipping company. Each year, Maersk Line transports some 11 million full containers throughout the world. It operates 580 container ships and employs 7,000 seafarers and 25,000 land-based employees.