Unifeeder introduces a CO2 calculator for its shortsea door-to-door activities.

As one of the largest Shortsea operators in Northern Europe, Unifeeder now introduces a CO2 Calculator for its shortsea door-to-door activities. The calculation of Unifeeder’s Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator is verified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and it puts concrete figures on the routes of transport that emit the smallest amount of CO2.

The Unifeeder CO2 Calculator is an effective tool in measuring the CO2 emissions in the process of moving goods and will become a central tool in route planning for Unifeeder’s shortsea customers. The calculator compares CO2 emissions from land transportation with the more CO2 efficient combination of land and sea transportation.

”Measured per transported unit, it is widely acknowledged that transport by sea emits less CO2 than land transport. By introducing the CO2 calculator we make it easy for our customers to combine the various forms of transportation needed to move goods from the door to door and select the route which in each particular case saves the most CO2,” says CEO Jesper Kristensen, Unifeeder.

Unifeeder has developed the calculator acknowledging the growing environmental awareness among the company’s customers, who demand the most environmentally friendly transportation of their goods.

Transport by sea means less CO2
Comparing with trucks and even trains, ships emit significantly less CO2 per transported unit - seven times less than trucks and two and a half times less than trains. This means that significant reductions in CO2 emissions can be obtained even on short distances. Savings in CO2 emission has become important to many of Unifeeder’s customers, as companies become more and more conscious about how their goods affect the environment all the way from the manufacturer to the shelf.

“With the introduction of the Unifeeder CO2 Calculator we have a unique offering for our customers which illustrates the environmental advantages of choosing a combination of sea and land transport. Many are surprised to learn how much their CO2 emissions can actually be lowered if they choose this form of transport - even for fairly short distances,” says Shortsea Director Simon H. Galsgaard, Unifeeder.

Mr Galsgaard continues, “For example, compared to the more traditional choice of truck transport, 100 containers transported from Oudenaarde in Belgium to Borås in Sweden combining sea and land transport will lead to a 46% reduction in CO2 emissions, which equals savings of 63 tons of CO2. We believe that many customers will find these savings worth considering.”

With regard to other air pollutants, Unifeeder meets the strict environmental standards which apply to the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in all its operations. Unifeeder also takes an active part in the work for environmental improvements at sea through the Danish Shipowners’ Association and supports the Danish Shipowners' Association's climate charter

Independent verification
The Unifeeder CO2 calculator is developed by Unifeeder and the EEOI calculation is verified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) – an independent foundation, which among other services performs environmental verifications within a broad range of industries.

The calculator is based on the model defined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a UN agency, for the calculation of CO2 emissions at sea.

Additional information
Director Simon Galsgaard, Unifeeder Shortsea Service
Phone: +45 8883 0541
E-mail: shg@unifeeder.com

CO2 Calculator

Danish Shipowners´ Association´s Climate Charter