NAVIS is committed to climate protection
Transport and logistics are the cornerstones of international trade and the global division of labor. Transport performance has been increasing steadily for years, as industry, retail and consumers today expect products and goods to be permanently available at any time and anywhere. This means that traffic remains a major emitter of greenhouse gases. Specific emissions reduction successes due to technical innovations and logistical process improvements have so far been compensated again and again by increasing transport demand and a rapidly growing increase in global private transport.
As a provider of forwarding and logistics services, NAVIS organizes national and international transport. We are aware of the associated environmental impacts in the areas of energy, air, water, soil, waste and noise. We work continuously to prevent environmental pollution as far as possible, or at least to minimize it where this is not possible. We are committed to our responsibility for environmental and climate protection and we will continue our efforts to continuously optimize our processes – including with digital applications – for efficiency and environmental compatibility.
Climate protection in transport is primarily dependent on innovations in shipbuilding, the aviation and commercial vehicle industry and the energy sector, as well as on the requirements of politics and international institutions. For example, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has long been working on reducing the harmful effects of shipping on the environment. The MARPOL agreement “IMO 2020” to reduce ship emissions stipulated that from 1 January 2020, only fuels with a maximum sulfur content of 0.5% instead of the previous 3.5 may be used on board the ships.
The calculation of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption in transport and logistics are an aid to knowledge and the basis for reducing emissions. It is only then possible to derive reduction or avoidance strategies if the actual extent of self-generated emissions can be determined.
NAVIS uses the EcoTransIT World tool to calculate the carbon footprint of a single shipment. EcoTransIT World identifies the effects of transport in terms of direct energy consumption and emissions when operating vehicles to transport goods. However, the calculations also include indirect energy consumption and indirect emissions (which arise during the generation, transport and distribution of energy) that are required for the operation of the vehicles. The Fraunhofer-Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik IML, among other things, contributes its expertise in the emission assessment of logistics locations as a methodical partner.
However, sustainable measures by political decision-makers around the world are crucial for global climate protection. NAVIS therefore welcomes the agreement of the German federal government on key points for the 2030 climate protection program. So that Germany as a logistics location is not burdened unilaterally, the legal levers – CO2 tax, integration of traffic in an emissions trading system or other measures – at least European, if not created globally. The next ten years will determine whether a turnaround in traffic will succeed. Whether the zero emissions scenario can be achieved by 2050 (clean cargo) will therefore depend not only on the innovative capacity of the industry, but also on a successful energy transition.