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REPORT: Global container-shipping emissions decreased 6 percent last year

Carbon-dioxide emissions from about two thirds of the global container-shipping fleet declined by almost 6 percent in 2011, according to an industry report.

"While partly driven by changes in carrier representation or global trade conditions, this decline is also likely due to improvements in carrier fleet efficiency and data quality, both having direct benefits for shipping customers," said the BSR Clean Working Cargo Group's third annual paper on emissions data culled from the reporting of 13 of the world's top containership operators, equating to over 60 percent total containerized vessel capacity.

The Clean Cargo methodology includes data from over 2,000 ships measured in TEUs, number of reefer plugs, distance sailed, fuel consumed, and timeframe of data, according to the report.

For example, the average grams of CO2 emitted per-TEU in the Asia-North America West Coast tradelane in 2011 was 65.1 for dry containers and 92.3 for refrigerated containers. In 2010, pulling from a smaller pool of vessel reporting, the dry container average was 69.8 grams of CO2 per-TEU for dry boxes, and 97.8 for reefer units.

The Clean Cargo Working Group says it is "a global carrier-shipper initiative dedicated to improving the environmental performance of marine container transport."

The group says it is made up of approximately 30 member companies carriers and shippers, including 16 liner operators and more than a dozen global shippers.

"Clean Cargo provides us with actual carbon-dioxide emissions from our carriers," said Gorm Kjaerboll, ocean operations manager at Electrolux, one of the Clean Cargo steering committee members.

"As a shipper, we need good quality data to set and deliver on our own carbon footprint targets," Kjaerboll said.

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