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Shippers flex their muscles

Five major shippers ,AB InBev, AkzoNobel, DSM, FrieslandCampina and Huntsman plan to develop a common and concurrent approach to sustainability in their procurement of ocean freight and selection of carriers. Other shippers are more than welcome to join, and to share best practices.

The initiative is called BICEPS: Boosting Initiatives for Collaborative Emission-reduction with the Power of Shippers and the BICEPS Network leverages forces for a better world.

As well as sharing best practices, all the partners will take an active role in the sustainability dialogue between shippers and carriers. The main focus of this joint approach to more sustainable shipping will be to create momentum for further improvements and drive more collaboration on sustainability initiatives in the shipping sector.

The initiative is called BICEPS: Boosting Initiatives for Collaborative Emission-reduction with the Power of Shippers and the BICEPS Network leverages forces for a better world.

The challenge for the shipping sector is to achieve a more sustainable and effective shipping operation. The companies of the BICEPS network will participate in this development by taking steps within their shipping operations to adapt the selection procedures to reflect actual carrier performance on sustainability and their engagement to impact reduction.

As part of this approach, CO2 reduction targets will be defined based on a CO2 baseline, together with a uniform set of requirements for sustainability assessments of suppliers and carriers within the shipping industry. This will streamline the efforts of complying with the reporting requirements of shippers to carriers. Next to that, the network partners will work together with the shipping sector to persuade other sector partners to participate in the realisation of sustainable practices within the whole sector (like incentive schemes by ports, adopting of clean technologies and re-usage or recycling of end-of-life ships).

Source: Purebirds.com, 15-8-2015

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