Rhenus adds ‘carbon-neutral’ airfreight service

By Damian Brett

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Rhenus Logistics is introducing a carbon-neutral airfreight service between Germany and Brazil as the first step in its sustainability efforts for air cargo.

The programme will offer customers a carbon-neutral consolidation service from Frankfurt (FRA) to São Paulo (SAO).

Rhenus will offset the total emissions from the trade lane through the third party to achieve carbon neutrality via projects which are verified and audited according to internationally accepted standards such as Gold Standards (GS) or verified carbon standard (VCS).

The emission data of the shipment’s main haul is calculated with a methodology that complies with IATA, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) frameworks.

Afterwards, a third-party company will verify and ensure the reliability of the calculation process and data.

Customers will then be able to download the certification of carbon-neutral activity and receive a verified emission report for main haul FRA-SAO shipments from Rhenus.

Chris Bode, global product strategy manager – Air at Rhenus Air & Ocean, said: “Providing a carbon-neutral airfreight solution from our European Gateway in Frankfurt, Germany to São Paulo, Brazil is the first step to develop and transform our current and future services into more sustainable options for customers.

“Along with improving our airfreight services, we take further measures to make our gateway operations more environment-friendly as well as partner up with carriers to elaborate opportunities on more sustainable airfreight.

“Carbon offset programme is an initial act while awaiting carrier side’s development to shift to a more sustainable operation, which will have a direct influence over the emission.”

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector. After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015. Contact me on [email protected]