Fostering sustainability in the industry

Building viable partnerships

As industry leaders, we are committed to reducing our contribution to the emissions caused by logistics through our Net Zero Carbon programme. We are working with other market leaders and several international organisations, such as the UN Global Compact, the Arctic Pledge, Getting to Zero Coalition, Sustainable Air Freight Alliance, Clean Cargo and the Science-Based Targets Initiative. This is to ensure our programme is based on measurable targets according to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as promote and support industry-wide activities and methodologies – to reach climate goals as soon as possible.

In 2020, Kuehne+Nagel joined the Getting to Zero Coalition, a partnership between the Global Maritime Forum, Friends of Ocean Action and the World Economic Forum. The ambition of the Getting to Zero Coalition is to have commercially viable Zero Emission Vessels operating along deep-sea trade routes by 2030, supported by the necessary infrastructure for scalable net zero carbon energy sources including production, distribution, storage, and bunkering. Within the Coalition, Kuehne+Nagel contributes market insights and translates available technological improvements back to shippers. The Coalition is most effective when speaking with one united voice, enabling the industry to plan for the future.   

As part of the Net Zero Carbon programme, Kuehne+Nagel joined the Development and Climate Alliance. The Alliance was launched in 2018 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in cooperation with the Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing and the German Society for International Cooperation. By joining the Development and Climate Alliance, Kuehne+Nagel acknowledges that the private sector must also make its contribution to environmental protection.

German Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller said: “Climate change has long been the question of human survival. The industrialised countries in particular have a special responsibility. It is not only politics that is called upon to act, but also the private sector. With the Development and Climate Alliance, we have created a platform for this. I am very pleased that Kuehne+Nagel, one of the world's leading logistics providers, has decided to join the alliance. This is a major step and shows that environmental protection and entrepreneurial action go hand in hand.”

Impacts from climate change on the arctic are already severe – making increased shipping there unacceptable. That is why, in January 2020, Kuehne+Nagel decided to sign the Arctic Shipping Corporate pledge by Nike and Ocean Conservancy. It is a voluntary commitment by consumer goods and shipping logistics companies to not send ships through the globally signifcant but rapidly melting sea ice and other unique habitats of the Arctic. Kuehne+Nagel commits to not support commercial shipping on the Transpolar Sea Route at the risk of the ecosystem.  

In 2020, we partnered with Seaexplorer Team Malizia. Together we are working for a sustainable future, contributing to ocean health by reducing worldwide CO2 emissions. Seaexplorer Team Malizia is a sailing race team led by world-class skipper Boris Herrmann. Their mission is to promote ocean science and environmental education around the world whilst inspiring the next generation with their sailing adventures. As Seaexplorer Team Malizia creates transparency for science, Kuehne+Nagel creates transparency of ocean shipping CO2 emissions with its digital seaexplorer platform.