Shipping by Air, Sustainably – Kuehne + Nagel’s 11 million litre announcement

By Chris Connell :: March 12, 2021

Logistics, whether by air, sea, truck or rail, are a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and will be a focus on initiatives to move the world in a more carbon neutral direction. This is equally a priority item for shippers and the companies who own the conveyances.

Across modalities, steps are being taken to decarbonize shipping. French carrier CMA-CGM announced plans to deploy six liquified natural gas-powered container ships to the U.S. market. The industry as a whole is looking to decarbonize the sector within a matter of decades and the industry has submitted a $5 billion ‘moonshot’ proposal to the International Maritime Organization, the global governing body. Mandatory contributions of $2 per tonne of bunker fuel would support a Research and Development board.

Looking to the skies, multiple initiatives are underway that include experiments with aircraft powered by batteries or biofuel

CFI parent Kuehne + Nagle have recently announced a major initiative, partnering with American Airlines to deploy 11 million liters (3 million gallons) of sustainable aviation fuel throughout their network. 

CFI and American Airlines have a strong partnership, utilizing their domestic and international routes from cities where we have gateway locations including Los Angeles, Chicago, JFK and Miami. 

SAF is a key element to mitigate aviation’s impact on climate change. While the carbon lifecycle of fossil fuels is linear and releases additional CO2 emissions, the carbon lifecycle of SAF is circular aimed at re-using waste or biomass and emissions produced. The result of SAF use is a significantly reduced amount of additional carbon introduced into the global carbon cycle of at least 75%. To ensure full carbon neutrality when using SAF, the remaining CO2 emissions generated during production, processing and transport of SAF can be avoided by overcompensating the amount of jet fuel kerosene replaced by SAF up to a ratio of 1:1.33 or offset via Kuehne+Nagel through carbon reduction projects that carry currently the highest quality certification “Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)” and/or “Gold Standard (GS)”.

You can read the full announcement here and if you have any questions about this or any other sustainability initiatives, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more.    

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