Danish shipping company Unifeeder, which is one of Europe's largest short-sea operators, has launched a CO2 calculator on its website which enables customers to calculate the most CO2 friendly means of transport, reports financial daily newspaper Børsen. In addition to showing which transport route emits the least CO2, the new tool, which has been verified by Det Norske Veritas, is also an indicator for calculating energy efficiency.
CEO of Unifeeder, Jesper Kristensen, says: "It is commonly known that transportation at sea emits less CO2 per transported unit than transportation on land. By introducing the CO2 calculator we can make it easy for our customers to combine the various transport options that form part of door-to-door delivery and choose the route which in each individual case emits the least possible CO2."
Multinational corporation Proctor & Gamble has announced that it will let 100,000 truck loads annually be transported by short-sea vessels as part of its sustainability programme. Mars Incorporated, another major company with a sustainability plan, has just entered a collaboration agreement with Unifeeder.
Head of logistics at Mars Inc., Mark Schenkius, says: "We have chosen to enter a collaboration with Unifeeder because their CO2 calculator makes it possible to calculate which transport form and route is most worth one's while seen with CO2 eyes."
Mars Inc. owns the world's largest chocolate factory, which is located in Veghel in the Netherlands. Up to now, the company has transported its chocolate bars Mars, Twix and Snickers via trucks from the factory to Gothenburg in Sweden. The collaboration with Unifeeder involves a change of transportation so that the chocolate bars go directly to Rotterdam Port and from there by ship to Gothenburg, a change which saves Mars Inc. 62.2% CO2 per consignment.
"In addition to reducing our CO2 emissions, it also means lower transport costs for us. And since the cargo is densely packed in containers, it is better protected against theft," says Schenkius.