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Thermo King Axlepower with BPW ePower axle wins European Transport Award for Sustainability 2024

The jury recognized the smart system that stores energy generated from rolling or braking of the trailer in a high voltage battery and reuses it to power the refrigeration unit.

Thermo King®, a leader in transport temperature control solutions and a brand of Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT) and BPW Bergische Achsen KG, a leader in running gears and mobility services for transport, won in the “Components and Aggregates” category of the European Transport Award for Sustainability 2024. The jury recognized Thermo King and BPW for AxlePower, the smart energy generating system that stores energy generated from rolling or braking of the trailer in a high voltage battery and reuses it to power the refrigeration unit.

“Winning the European Transport Award for Sustainability 2024 for AxlePower confirms our belief that we have created a solution set to become a pivotal component of environmentally conscious trailer refrigerated transportation,” said Laurent Debias, product management and marketing leader at Thermo King. “Within the ongoing transition from diesel-based to electric technologies, our customers receive a proven and tested way to drastically reduce carbon emissions, noise and operational costs of their trailer fleets.”

“Sustainability plays an important role in both our companies. We are therefore delighted to receive this award, which recognizes not only the products but also the sustainable practices and strategies of companies. At the same time, it is proof of our successful collaboration on the breakthrough of zero-emission refrigerated transport,” said Thore Bakker, General Manager Business Unit Trailer Solutions and Mobility Services at BPW.

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MSC and Ellerman sign slot agreement for Atlantic routes

Utilising a combination of vessels between ports in ScanBaltic, Northern Europe and the US Atlantic Coast commencing around 1st January 2024.

MSC and Ellerman City Liners have signed an agreement that will see Ellerman utilizing a combination of MSC capacity and its own independent vessel between ports in ScanBaltic, Northern Europe and the Atlantic Coast of the United States. The agreement includes a set weekly volume, with an option for Ellerman to increase as required. It covers both dry cargo and reefers and will commence on or around 1st January 2024 from Klaipeda.

Pasquale Formisano, Senior Vice President of MSC, said, “I’m very pleased we’re extending our strategic partnership with Ellerman, one of the shipping industry’s great names. This agreement is all about efficiency. Guaranteed cargo means we can operate at maximum capacity and, therefore, minimise the environmental impact of each TEU we carry. The more we can do that, the more we can reduce emissions.”

Peter Andrews, Commercial Director of Ellerman, said, “We are delighted to announce this co-operation with MSC, the world’s largest shipping company. This agreement allows Ellerman to operate with greater efficiency, reducing our environmental footprint whilst also broadening our geographical scope in both Europe and and the United States.”

The agreement covers routes between ports in Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, Germany, UK, Belgium and France, and ports on the Atlantic Coast of the United States, from New York to Florida. It also includes the capacity to extend services to include routes around the world.

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Raising temperature of frozen foods by just three degrees from -18°C to -15°C can slash carbon emissions

A move to -15°C could make a significant environmental impact with no compromise on food safety or quality, the study found.
  • Academic research concludes that raising the standard temperature of most frozen food by three degrees could cut carbon emissions by the equivalent of taking 3.8m cars off the road. 
  • This emissions saving would be equal to the entire population of New York, New Hampshire and Vermont not driving for a year. 
  • Potential energy savings identified of approximately 25 terawatt-hours per year – equivalent to 8.63% of the UK’s annual energy consumption. 
  • The move would bring energy savings of between 5% and 12%. 
  • Scientists conclude that the increase can be made without compromising food safety or quality. 
  • The international temperature standard was established in the 1930s and has not been overhauled in almost a century – so global logistics firm DP World is launching industry coalition to reconsider it. 

 Frozen food temperatures could be changed by just three degrees to save the carbon dioxide emissions of 3.8 million cars per year, research suggests. 

Most frozen food is transported and stored at -18°C, a standard that was set 93 years ago and has not changed since.  

A move to -15°C could make a significant environmental impact with no compromise on food safety or quality, the study found.  

The experts, from the Paris-based International Institute of Refrigeration, the University of Birmingham and London South Bank University, among others, found that the small change could:  

  • Save 17.7 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent annual emissions of 3.8m cars annually
  • Create energy savings of around 25 terawatt-hours (TW/h) – equivalent to 8.63% of the UK’s annual energy consumption 
  • Cut costs in the supply chain by at least 5% and in some areas by up to 12%  

The research was supported by the leading global logistics firm and principal partner in COP28, DP World, which has set up an industry-wide coalition to explore the feasibility of this change, named Join the Move to -15°C. 

This coalition aims to redefine frozen food temperature standards to cut greenhouse gases, lower supply chain costs and secure food resources for the world’s growing population.  

The coalition has already been joined by leading industry organisations including: U.S. based AJC Group, A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) of Denmark; Daikin of Japan; DP World; the Global Cold Chain Alliance; Switzerland’s Kuehne + Nagel International; U.S. based Lineage; Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) of Geneva; and Singapore-based Ocean Network Express (ONE). 

Maha AlQattan, Group Chief Sustainability Officer at DP World, said: “Frozen food standards have not been updated in almost a century. They are long overdue for revision. 

“A small temperature increase could have huge benefits but – however committed each individual organisation is – the industry can only change what’s possible by working together.

“With this research and with our newly formed coalition, we aim to support collaboration across the industry to find viable ways to achieve the sector’s shared net zero ambition by 2050.  

“The Move to -15°C will bring the industry together to explore new, greener standards to help decarbonise the sector on a global scale. Through this research, we can see how we can deploy accessible storage technologies in all markets to freeze food at sustainable temperatures, while reducing food scarcity for vulnerable and developed communities.”  

Building resilience and ensuring future food security 

Annually, hundreds of millions of tonnes of food from blueberries to broccoli is transported around the world. 

While freezing food extends shelf life, it comes with a significant environmental cost – as 2-3% more energy is required for every degree below zero that food is stored at. 

Yet demand for frozen food is increasing as appetites evolve in developing countries and price-conscious consumers seek nutritious, tasty food at more affordable prices. 

At the same time, experts estimate that 12% of food produced annually is wasted due to a lack of refrigerated and frozen logistics, called the ‘cold chain’ in the industry, highlighting a significant need for greater capacity. 

Studies also suggest that 1.3 billion tonnes of edible food is thrown away every year – a third of global food production for human consumption.  

The need is particularly acute in areas like Sub-Saharan Africa and the Subcontinent. In Pakistan in 2022, for example, half of exportable mangoes were lost due to an extreme heatwave1. 

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, more than 820 million people are hungry today and 2 billion – roughly a quarter of the world’s population – suffer from food insecurity2.   

Professor Toby Peters, University of Birmingham and Heriot-Watt University and director of the Centre for Sustainable Cooling said: “Cold chains are critical infrastructure, vital for a well-functioning society and economy. They underpin our access to safe and nutritious food and health, as well as our ability to spur economic growth.”

He added: “Cold chain infrastructure, and the lack of it, have implications for global climate change and the environment.” 

Climate change-driven events such as droughts, floods, and heatwaves can reduce crop yields and harm livestock health and productivity. But freezing food can protect food sources and their nutritional value for months amid such crises.  

Join the Move to -15°C is an initiative to create a just transition, deploying accessible storage technologies globally to freeze food at sustainable temperatures to reduce food scarcity for vulnerable and developed communities alike. 

Prof Peters added: “The UN predicts a population of 9.7 billion by 2050. To ensure food accessibility, we must close the 56% gap in the global food supply between what was produced in 2010 and what will be needed in 2050.  

“Cutting cold chain emissions and transforming how food is safely stored and moved today helps ensure we can keep sustainably feeding communities across the globe as populations and global temperatures rise, protecting food sources for years to come.

“Building on this research, DP World’s coalition can be a key tool for overcoming today’s food challenges too, providing a stable inventory of quality food for the 820 million starving people worldwide and security for another 2 billion who are struggling with food scarcity.” 

An open invitation to ‘Join the Move to -15°C’ initiative 

DP World has made the research accessible to all and invited stakeholders, industry leaders and interested parties to show support for the campaign.  

 To find out more or join the initiative, please visit DP World’s website here.

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Chiquita’s focus on creating sustainable change

"We are facing global climate changes that affect us all and we feel the need to join our voice with those calling for greater action.”

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“Simply put, we are facing global climate changes that affect us all and we feel the need to join our voice with those calling for greater action.” This is how Sustainability Director Peter Stedman explains Chiquita’s focus on creating sustainable change.

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Food Sustainability Index publishes

There is 'a lot to do' as the latest FSI publishes

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Food sustainability index publishes and there is ‘a lot to do’. Only 28 out of 78 countries assessed were prioritising agriculture in their climate commitments. 

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Why reducing food’s environmental impact is crucial

F&B supply chain leaders must understand the full impact of the climate crisis

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Consumers’ expectations of sustainable food and beverage production and practices are increasing. Food and beverage supply chain leaders must understand the full impact of the climate crisis in order to manage expectations. Reducing food’s environmental impact has never been more important.

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Del Monte

Del Monte’s green recognition

Del Monte reports on its sustainability programmes
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Del Monte’s sustainability programmes delivered a ‘strong close to 2021’,  as the company scored an A- in the water security category and B in the climate change and forest categories.  The company has also won in the Environmental Initiatives category at the 2021 SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Business Sustainability Awards.

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Rainforest Alliance urges collective effort

Rainforest Alliance urges collective effort
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The Rainforest Alliance has stressed the need for collective power in order to create a shared vision of sustainability. The NGO’s annual report for 2020 highlights the importance of collective strength. Big businesses also have great power and resources to implement sustainability solutions on a large scale, the report says.

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