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Why is this topic so important today?

Global or terrestrial warming is the exaggerated increase in the temperature of the entire surface of the earth over the years and results in climate change, which in most cases is caused by different human activities and continues to affect the environment and the health of all living beings.

And perhaps one of the most challenging situations is the fact of generating actions and promoting interactions from the common sphere, as a community. Speaking as a company, it is necessary that leaders, workers, suppliers, customers, investors, that all stakeholders understand the importance of reducing the carbon footprint.

How does the transportation sector impact this issue?

2.5% of total atmospheric carbon emissions are attributable to maritime freight transport, and 4.5% to heavy road freight transport.

In recent years, strategies have been implemented to reduce the negative impact, but variability due to global contexts such as the Covid-19 pandemic has generated many changes in the dynamics. 

Although total seaborne trade has been increasing over the last decade, the emissions intensity of the sector had been decreasing thanks to larger vessels, design improvements, technology upgrades and slower shipping. But add to this the current problematic scenario with container delays and it clearly impacts the results that had been progressing.

«The European Environment Agency and the European Maritime Safety Agency, notes that 33% of shipping emissions in 2018 were from cargo ships arriving at EU ports, 32% from shipments between EU countries, a further 29% from ships departing to non-EU destinations and the remaining 9% originating from the ports themselves.»

What actions have been developed by the leading entities

  • In June 2021, the IMO (International Maritime Organization) adopted key «near-term» measures to reduce the carbon intensity of all ships by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 2008 levels, and to continue efforts towards 70% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels and reduce total annual GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels.
  • Also leading entities such as Union Pacific, a freight railroad, helps its customers achieve the greatest reductions in GHG emissions from transportation by supporting them in switching from trucking to intermodal rail services.
  • Another of their actions, which plays an important role, is the modernization of the fleet. They have replaced the units with the oldest engines, resulting in a 53% reduction in emissions and a 5% reduction in fuel consumption.
  • Spain, together with other European Union countries, signed the development of at least 6 ‘green’ corridors (maritime trade routes with zero emissions) by the middle of this decade. In the long term, the plan is to increase the number of routes, making them longer and with a greater number of ships. Under the agreement, not all ships transiting a green corridor will be required to have zero emissions or participate in the agreement.

What alternatives are emerging to reduce pollution

  • Biodiesel is the most diverse fuel on the planet, made from a wide range of feedstocks, including soybean oil, animal fats and used cooking oil. It reduces emissions by more than 50% compared to petroleum.
    • Greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from biodiesel are, on average, 80% lower than those from petroleum diesel, including land use impacts.
    • Carbon capture is one of the key technologies proposed as a potential strategy in decarbonization. The proposal is to fill LNG carriers with liquefied CO2 on their return routes.
    • His concept explores how dual-use shipping can be utilized through ships carrying LNG in one direction and carrying captured CO2 on its return voyage.

    What we are doing in Navlandis

    Since we started our activity, we have always thought about developing solutions that have an impact on a global scale. We have worked through innovation and development to address issues such as the replacement of empty containers, the waste of time, space and money due to the stagnation of containers and the impact of transportation on the production of greenhouse gases.

    This is the data of our Zbox container:

    • Decreases storage space by 80%.
    • It lowers the cost of operations by up to 50%.
    • And reduces CO2 emissions by 20%.
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    The fundamental idea of having a day dedicated to the problem of global warming or also known as the day of the reduction of CO2 emissions, is not only to raise awareness among citizens and governments of different countries, but also to take immediate action to avoid further global consequences, not only on the environment but also on the health of people.

    From our industry and especially from our company, our commitment is to continue working on behalf of the problems of the logistics sector worldwide.

    Camila Hurtado

    Coordinadora de proyectos subvencionados y de marketing en Navlandis.

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