Curtailing the emissions of ocean freight must be one of the most pressing environmental challenges in maritime. Yet, despite its sizable impact, the topic does not take centre stage in discussions about emission reduction. The root cause may be that so far it has proven to be hard, if not impossible, to transition the supply chain to net zero.
There are a number of reasons why ships are still going to emit CO2, and other harmful substances, in the years to come:
So, the complexity of the industry, the costs of compensation, and the lack of zero-carbon propulsion systems, ultimately stop serious initiatives to cut carbon in shipping. However, the times are changing. Aside from the number of calories in our food, consumers are starting to take notice of the carbon in the manufacturing of their products. Case in point is oat-based milk alternatives that have grown widely popular over the past few years, such as Oatly, which claim a much smaller footprint than animal based milk products. However, the carbon footprint of the supply chain is often overlooked in the societal debate, and is likely to be the next ‘topic’ to address, as shipping a carton of oatmilk overseas is likely to incur higher carbon costs than sourcing local, regular milk.
There are more reasons why the times for a sustainable supply chain are changing:
We believe that, in order to address the most pressing climate problem in the supply chain, we should reshift the conversation.
Currently, container zero has taken form as a physical container, but there are still a couple of thresholds to take. Here is a short rundown:
Currently we are aiming for the first 100 containers to set out on their itineraries in 2022. Every year we then want increase 10 times, until we reach a million by 2026; then we believe we have created the global awareness this problem needs, and we can focus on new challenges
Do you want to be part of our Container Zero venture? Please send us a message via email@example.com (whether you represent an established company, a talented startup or an aspiring professional)!
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