DSV creates internal green funding program
One of the world’s largest transport and logistics providers has launched an internal carbon pricing fee across its global organization, with the aim of using its proceeds to fund sustainability initiatives. All DSV subsidiaries will be charged the fee based on the level of CO2 emissions within their operations. The money generated will be invested into new technologies, innovation and other projects designed to support DSV in achieving its net-zero emissions target by 2050. Jens Bjørn Andersen, Group CEO, DSV, explained that the program “represents a necessary shift in DSV’s approach, which is essential as we continue to enhance our own sustainability practices,” emphasizing that it would “enable us to invest in various schemes, removing the need for a strong financial case to instead focus on projects that will result in meaningful CO2 reductions.” The company forecasts that it should be able to raise around DKK 1 billion over the first five years. The first six months have already resulted in funding for a small electric truck fleet project. These new trucks are due to be delivered to DSV’s Danish facilities in Horsens in early 2024, where they will be used to support warehousing customers with local distribution services. All similar projects due to be funded by the carbon fee intakes, will be evaluated to ensure that they contribute to further CO2 reductions.
Jens Bjørn Andersen, Group CEO, DSV, summarized: “It is very promising to see the high level of interest that we have generated from the organization in such a short timeframe. In addition to funding emissions-reduction initiatives, this program also aims to increase awareness of the impact of our practices across our operations and to engage and incentivize the entire DSV organization to support the green transition. The transport and logistics sector faces a lot of challenges to achieving meaningful reductions of carbon emissions. Today, many technological developments are still in their infancy, and there are limited carbon-neutral solutions available at scale. As a result, innovation will be key to realizing the industry’s long-term decarbonization ambitions. I hope that DSV’s carbon funding program will play a role in exploring and developing possible solutions to these challenges.”
N.B.: To get more details about the program, we sent a questionnaire to DSV and left various messages on the voicemail of Christian Krogslund’s phone, head of Marketing & Communication, asking him to call back. This we did shortly after the press release was published by the Danish company. Unfortunately, we got no response from him, DSV’s management or the media team. HS
Pledge publishes a free freight emissions calculator
Pledge, a UK climate-tech company specialized in technology for freight forwarders, has become the latest company to offer a freight emissions calculator. The calculator is freely accessible on its company website and has been designed to enhance visibility of carbon emissions release across the supply chain. It meets the growing requirements of customers and governments which stipulate the need to report freight emissions and monitor measures to improve operations to reduce CO2 impact. The free calculator includes a Clarity™ feature, which provides a clear, detailed breakdown of how the emissions are calculated for each leg of the shipment journey based on the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) methodology. This insight into how, when, and where emissions are generated, helps freight forwarders to adapt operations and work towards meeting emissions compliance regulations together with their customers. “Pledge is accredited by the Smart Freight Centre (SFC) as compliant with the GLEC Framework for global coverage of air, sea, road, rail, inland waterways, and logistics hubs. Its solution is also ISO:14083 aligned, meaning forwarders can have confidence in Pledge's ability to comply with upcoming regulations that will impact their customers,” the release states.
Developed with simplicity and ease of use in mind, the calculator only needs feeding with freight origin, destination, and shipment weight to begin calculations. Calculation accuracy is further enhanced through additional information such as vessel numbers, carrier codes, and flight numbers.
David de Picciotto, Co-Founder and CEO, Pledge, said: “With rising consumer concerns about corporate greenwashing and the EU's proposed Green Claims Directive, businesses are demanding better emissions transparency and visibility in their supply chains. We built our freight emissions calculator to show freight forwarders how our platform can deliver value for their supply chain customers in minutes. The UK and the EU are starting to mandate the reporting of supply chain emissions, meaning there will be pressure on shippers to calculate and report their emissions in the near future. Our freight emissions calculator shows freight forwarders how Pledge can help them get ahead of the curve by offering accredited emissions reporting to shippers and other supply chain partners who will be required to meet these regulations.”
Bikers can now profit from WestJet Cargo’s Bike’Air
For two months now, already, WestJet Cargo customers have been able to benefit from the airline’s tailored solution for motorcycle transports. Called “Bike'Air”, the solution is billed as the “safest and smoothest motorcycle air transportation option for motorcycles to and from Canada.”
The release details that the new service “is available both on domestic and international flights connecting Canada to the USA and Europe. Destinations include Miami, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Dublin, Edinburgh, Paris, Rome London Gatwick, and Heathrow. They can be reached from four stations in Canada - Calgary, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver.”
Rather than traditionally promote its new service, WestJet Cargo has cooperated with the Canadian photographer, David Goldman, who publishes ‘The Motorcycle Potraits’ – a multi-media portrait series highlighting people who live with and for motorcycles, whether they are builders, racers, collectors, world travelers, or other interesting individuals. “He uses his motorcycle as a mobile photo studio,” the release explains. WestJet Cargo recently support Goldman’s latest trip, flying him and his 2019 KTM 790 Adventure from Halifax to Dublin on 02JUN23. Thus, Goldman was able to experience the airline’s Bike'Air premium service on his way to starting out on his European project, which will be published both on his Instagram account (@thedavidgoldmanphoto), as well as on WestJet Cargo’s LinkedIn page, over the course of the summer. “There is not a lot of information readily available for flying bikes. I hope to change that," David Goldman explains, impressed with his smooth, inaugural flight with his motorcycle.
Kirsten de Bruijn, WestJet Cargo's Executive Vice President, commented: “We are proud to contribute to David's exciting journey in Europe. It is aligned with WestJet Cargo's values of creativity and adventure. WestJet Cargo recognizes the potential of motorcycle tourism and is determined to support its growth and culture, by making it even more accessible and appealing to riders.”
“Through this new endeavor, WestJet Cargo aims to offer riders unforgettable adventures on the open road, providing them with remarkable experiences,” the release promises.
AFKLMP Cargo opens sustainable, efficient ORD warehouse
Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo)’s newly organized and renovated warehouse at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is now open. The emphasis was on connectivity and ensuring that its customers' shipments can access numerous destinations out of North America’s largest international cargo airport. Billed as the most interconnected cargo airport globally in 2022, ORD is also AFKLMP Cargo's third cargo hub.
In the past three years, the airport has experienced increased network capacity and cargo volumes, particularly in the pharma, aerospace, chemical, and e-commerce sectors. Recognizing the need for long-term expansion to accommodate the growing demand, AFKLMP Cargo laid out its strategy to ensure operational efficiency, adequate capacity, and full-freighter connectivity. The newly renovated warehouse offers increased capacity for pharma and specialized cargo, along with improved sustainability features such as LED lighting, electric forklifts and more ULD charging posts. By adopting energy-efficient technologies, AFKLMP Cargo has reduced energy consumption while maintaining operational efficiency. The carrier operates wide-body belly flights for Air France and KLM six times a week for each airline, along with additional full-freighter flights (6 AF, 1 MP each week). A comprehensive trucking network ensures seamless transportation to 15 destinations in the USA from Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
Jamie L. Rhee, Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner, announced: “O'Hare International Airport is a vital economic engine for the entire Chicago region, and air freight has been a predominant driver of our growth over the last several years. AFKLMP Cargo’s warehouse renovation in the South Airfield helps bolster the capacity and efficiency of our cargo operations at one of the world's great cargo hubs, and I thank the entire team at AFKLMP Cargo for their commitment to the Chicago market.”
Air France Cargo Executive Vice President, Christophe Boucher, detailed: “The Air France warehouse at O’Hare is a key asset with good growth outlook, which is why we have invested in both infrastructure and more resources at our Chicago hub. After a six-month renovation period, we are proud to share that the capacity of our Chicago warehouse has increased by a sizeable 40%. This growth is supplemented by a streamlining of operational processes and reassessing the safety compliance of our warehouse, ensuring that our ORD cargo hub has optimized efficiency in order to offer to our Air France and KLM customers a best-in-class service to serve the Midwest Region.”
One city, two airports: Mexico City and Lufthansa Cargo
From 07JUL23, Lufthansa Cargo’s Mexico City Boeing 777 freighter services will permanently relocate from Mexico City Airport (MEX) to Felipe Ángeles International Airport (NLU). This move comes in response to a decree by the Mexican government, which restricts airlines from operating freighters at Mexico City International Airport (MEX) due to capacity limitations.
Felipe Ángeles Airport, located approximately 45 km northeast of Mexico City, has been operational since last year and offers modern facilities with a growing infrastructure. Lufthansa Cargo will operate six weekly freighter connections using Boeing 777F aircraft between Frankfurt (FRA) and Felipe Ángeles Airport. The flights will depart from Frankfurt on Tuesdays to Sundays, arriving at Felipe Ángeles Airport in the early hours of the night.
Customers can book the freighter flights since 16JUN23, with Lufthansa Cargo's presence at Felipe Ángeles Airport located at Terminal Logistics Recinto Fiscalizado Almacén #12 CR293. In addition to the freighter connections, Lufthansa Airlines' passenger aircraft will continue to transport cargo as belly cargo to Mexico City Airport (MEX). Seven direct flights per week from Frankfurt using the Boeing 747-8, and three weekly Airbus A350 flights from Munich, serve Mexico City Airport.
To ensure fast and efficient transfer of cargo shipments between the two airports, Lufthansa Cargo has implemented truck shuttle services. These services facilitate the smooth transportation of freight between Felipe Ángeles Airport and Mexico City Airport, enabling swift connections for customers.
Frank Nozinsky, Director of Sales & Handling for Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Central America, and the Caribbean at Lufthansa Cargo, highlighted: “As part of the necessary relocation of freighter flights to Mexico City's northeastern airport, we have successfully established both the import and export processes on site to our usual high standards in a very short time, as well as set up a fast and reliable nighttime truck transport service for freight shipments between NLU and MEX.”
Ashwin Bhat, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, commented: “Mexico City is a cargo destination in high demand. We are therefore very pleased to be present at both international airports together with Lufthansa Airlines and to offer our customers seamless connections for their cargo shipments here together with our warehouse partners.”
Qatar Airways Cargo is the world’s first fully IATA-certified airline
Qatar Airways Cargo, along with its ground handling partner Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) Cargo, has become the first airline globally to complete the entire suite of IATA CEIV certifications. It was recently awarded the fourth and final certificate: CEIV Fresh, following stringent process audits.
The certification establishes Qatar Airways Cargo as a reliable and efficient provider of transportation solutions for perishable cargo. Customers can rest assured that perishable goods are transported and handled in such a way as to maintain their freshness, quality, and integrity throughout the entire supply chain. In its commitment to delivering the highest standards when handling perishable goods, including fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat, and flowers, Qatar Airways Cargo has invested in state-of-the-art facilities, advanced technology, and quality control measures.
Qatar Airways Cargo transported over 285,000 tons of perishables between 01APR22 and 31MAR23. The airline and its ground handler in Doha not only now hold all four CEIV certifications: CEIV Fresh, CEIV Lithium Batteries, CEIV Live Animals, and CEIV Pharma, but the carrier is also involved in IATA's Perishable Cargo Working Group (PCWG), IATA Live Animals and Perishables Board (LAPB), and is a board member of the Cool Chain Association. It actively contributes to industry associations and groups, aiming to improve the temperature-sensitive supply chain and reduce food loss and waste in the perishables sector.
Mr. Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways, said: “Qatar Airways Cargo and QAS Cargo's achievement of the IATA CEIV Fresh certification reflects our pursuit for excellence and our unwavering commitment to our customers, keeping them always at the heart of everything we do. Being the first and only airline worldwide along with our GHA to achieve the complete suite of IATA CEIV certifications is a testament to our dedication and hard work to delivering the highest standards of quality and reliability in air cargo transportation.”
Brendan Sullivan, IATA's Global Head of Cargo, announced: “We congratulate Qatar Airways Cargo, along with its ground handling partner Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) on successfully obtaining the IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh) certification, further showcasing their commitment to maintaining high global standards. This certification is a boost to their service offerings, demonstrating efficient and high-quality handling of perishable goods. Qatar Airways Cargo and QAS Cargo are the first companies globally to complete the full suite of IATA CEIV certifications, reinforcing their position at the forefront of air logistics.”
DB Schenker’s new CPO is Stephanie Wulf
Given that DB Schenker’s existing CPO, Katharina Rath, has announced her resignation from her position on the Management Board of Schenker AG, and her decision to leave the Deutsche Bahn Group for new challenges elsewhere, DB Schenker has now appointed Stephanie Wulf to take over as its new global CPO – a position she will assume on 01JAN24. Holding a degree in Public Administration as well as having completed the German Second State Law Exam, Wulf’s career began at the German Federal Foreign Office, followed by around 20 years of leadership roles and HR functions within Deutsche Lufthansa Group. She is currently Chief Human Resources Officer and Managing Director HR – a position she has held since 2018, alongside becoming a member of the Extended Executive Board of DER Touristik Group in 2022.
Dr. Levin Holle, Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Bahn AG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schenker AG, commented: “Stephanie Wulf has a great history of leadership and broad experience in international People and Organization. The Supervisory Board and I are very glad that she will join the DB Schenker Board of Management and wish her the best of success in her new role.”
Martin Seiler, Chief Human Resources Officer of Deutsche Bahn AG, said: “DB Schenker, like many other companies, is facing major transformation tasks. With Stephanie Wulf, we are gaining a high-profile and experienced HR manager with proven expertise in forward-thinking HR management. I am very much looking forward to working with her.”
Jochen Thewes, Chief Executive Officer of Schenker AG, illustrated: “I look forward to working closely with Stephanie Wulf to navigate DB Schenker through our transformation and to make a positive impact on our employees worldwide. With Stephanie's great experience and her success-oriented mindset, we will further evolve the human-centric, global, and digital working culture of DB Schenker.”
Referring to Rath’s decision to leave DB Schenker, Thewes said: “As CPO, Katharina Rath successfully designed and implemented the HR transformation at DB Schenker to an agile, innovative, employee-oriented HR organization. We extremely regret her decision.” Martin Seiler added: “We thank Katharina Rath for her several years of successful work and wish her all the best for the future.”
Atlas Air appoints Richard Broekman as Chief Commercial Officer
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc. subsidiary, Atlas Air Inc., has promoted Richard Broekman to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, and Head of Sustainability. Broekman’s new responsibilities include developing and implementing global commercial strategies for Atlas Air, as well as overseeing the corporate sales strategy for ACMI, CMI, and Charter Services.
As Head of Sustainability, he will also be in charge of driving the company's efforts in achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. He will lead the development of decarbonization strategies, including collaborating with customers to adopt sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and carbon offsetting initiatives.
Broekman succeeds Michael T. Steen, who has now taken on the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide. Broekman has been with Atlas since 2004, initially joining as a Flight and Revenue Analyst. Over the years, he has assumed increasingly important roles within the company, including Senior Director of Commercial Development and Revenue Management, Vice President of Commercial Development and Charter Sales, and, in 2018, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Commercial Development.
Michael T. Steen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide. Steen, said: “Richard brings a strong personal commitment to our Company’s mission to be our customers’ first choice and most valued partner. He is well-respected across the air cargo industry and brings extensive expertise across many facets of the business. Under his strong leadership, we look forward to continuing to serve our blue-chip roster of customers with the world class performance that defines Atlas.”
Richard Broekman stated: “I am very proud of the role we serve in the global supply chain and am excited for the opportunity to build on our position as one of the world’s largest freighter operators. It is a great honor to lead this team as we partner with our customers to help them achieve their business goals and deliver on our shared commitments to sustainability and corporate citizenship.”
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