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Cargill in 2020 emissions pledge

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.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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