A "Switch to Zero" program to lower carbon emissions in the shipping industry has been launched in partnership between GoodShipping and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, situated in the Netherlands.
In general, businesses who import or export their goods by ship have limited control on the fuel choice of container shipping companies. The "insetting" idea, however, is GoodShipping's effort to alter these limited controls.
A combined initiative by the Port of Rotterdam Authority and GoodShipping aims to educate businesses about this idea so that they can have some or all of their sea freight transported using sustainable fuel.
A certain quantity of carbon reduction through GoodShipping can be purchased by shippers who transport a small number of containers on various vessels using insetting.
Delivering sustainable fuel to ships, according to GoodShipping, will help achieve the goal.
“This does not need to be the same vessel on which the containers are transported,” the company said.
By using sustainable fuels to ship, insetting does not necessitate accomplishing carbon reductions through compensation (offsetting, for example, by planting trees).
Shippers can use insetting to acquire a certain quantity of carbon reduction via GoodShipping and frequently transfer small amounts of containers on various vessels.
By providing a ship with sustainable fuel, GoodShipping makes sure that this is accomplished.
Both Dille & Kamille and Swinkels Family Brewers have already endorsed the cause. About 20 sea freight shippers are expected to participate in the campaign and pledge to transport their marine freight using sustainable fuel.
These organizations will start using green fuel to move some or all of their containers as of the following year.
Participating companies have a choice of 75, 100, or 125 tons of carbon reductions.
The amount of carbon discharged into the atmosphere is anticipated to be reduced by 2,023 tons through collaborative vessel bunkering with the shippers.
This is roughly equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from transporting 15,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containers from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to Gothenburg, Sweden.
Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO Allard Castelein said: “We are working with partners to develop a range of initiatives to help make logistics more sustainable: from battery-powered inland shipping to shore power for sea-going vessels, and from bio-kerosene production for aviation to so-called Green Corridors for sea-going vessels.
“The 2,023 ton reduction through sustainable fuel use is just the start. We want to show that it can be done and start the discussion, with the aim of scaling up and reducing carbon emissions even further. The transition tempo needs to step up.”