Carbon Smart is currently working with a shipping services provider to manage and report on it its environmental impact within the maritime sector. Consisting of almost 50 sites across 22 countries and 6 continents, this truly global organisation offers customers an integrated and holistic approach to shipping; brokering key relationships and providing financial, research and wider business support.
UK ports handled nearly 500 million tonnes of freight in 2015, almost an eighth of the total EU volume. Globalisation means that most of what we buy in shops, or what UK industry produces, will pass through shipping corridors at some point in its lifecycle, which makes the maritime industry one of the major contributors of the economy. However, it is also estimated to account for a staggering 17% of global CO2 emissions by 2050 (between 1-3 MtCO2). With such a significant impact, getting sustainability right becomes even more important.
Following two years reporting with a different service provider, this organisation decided to take the next step in their sustainability journey and approached Carbon Smart for support. Historically, the organisation’s approach to environmental reporting had been reactive and there was often little time to develop a narrative for the year’s performance due to the sheer number of sites considered “in scope” for the annual reporting exercise. The size of its global portfolio also meant that the organisation had low visibility of the environmental initiatives implemented at a local level and found it challenging to capitalise on energy saving opportunities.