Global commodities giant Cargill has vowed to cut carbon emissions from its shipping division by up to 15% by 2020.
The reduction of CO2 per cargo-ton-mile is targeted at its massive time-chartered fleet. At any given time, Cargill has around 600 ships on the water.
In an interview with Reuters, Jan Dieleman, Cargill’s head of ocean transportation business, said his team was speaking to shipowners to discuss scrubber installations as well as the use of LNG as a ship fuel.
“This is not a charity project. We’re in a competitive space, operating in a market-driven economy,” Dieleman told Reuters. “Things have to make economic sense, so we need to push [shipping companies] to be more efficient.”
Anda Cristescu, global operations manager for Cargill Ocean Transportation, told Reuters that the company’s clients led by food manufacturers were demanding transport emissions were cut.
“The biggest driver, in the end, is the consumer,” Cristescu said. “We are part of this supply chain – and what they want, what we all want, is matching with our own vision for the kind of business we want to run.”