Climate change

Climate change and environmental sustainability

Climate change, and in particular the likelihood of future international and regional regulatory initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases in the transport sector, will have major implications for shippers in the future.

Statistics estimate that the logistics and transport sector contributes 2,800 mega-tonnes-or 5.5 per cent of total global carbon emissions

The debate in the maritime area has warmed up following controversial proposals by the International Chamber of Shipping to introduce a bunker levy, which, if accepted by the International Maritime Organization, would have profound implications for shippers.

However, shippers are not novices in this area. Shippers in their various industries have in many instances devised their own environmental programmes, including emissions trading schemes to ensure that their industry sectors meet international mandatory targets for carbon reductions. Moreover, many global shippers have committed to decarbonising their supply chains under the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

GSF has played its part through involvement in a joint FTA/Heriot Watt University project decarbonising the maritime supply chain from the shippers’ perspective. Outputs from the project continue to provide tools for shippers in how to reduce carbon in their supply chains through the choices they make.

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