“Lauterach, Austria-based transportation and logistics company Gebrüder Weiss on Thursday announced a carbon-neutral service for North American customers transporting goods via ocean or air.
Gebrüder Weiss called it a zero-emissions service because “customers have the opportunity to fully compensate for the CO2 emissions generated during the transport of their cargo,” Mark McCullough, CEO at Gebrüder Weiss USA, told FreightWaves.
Customers’ emissions are calculated using the EcoTransIT database and are itemized on the freight invoice, with the costs to offset emissions listed.
“It’s exciting to bring the new zero-emissions service that was rolled out late last year in Europe to our air and sea transport customers in North America. It not only gives them full, detailed transparency on their shipments’ carbon footprint, it also provides a path to move towards climate neutrality,” McCullough said.
The carbon offsets are purchased through one of many “certified climate protection projects,” including:
Providing clean cookstoves in Nigeria, reducing deforestation due to wood burning.
Managing forests sustainably in Brazil, safeguarding valuable ecosystems.
Installing solar panels in India, reducing greenhouse emissions.
Gebrüder Weiss is working with NatureOffice because of the organization’s focus on carbon offsets and “investing in guiding businesses toward avoiding and reducing GHG emissions,” McCullough said.
The company is testing and using hydrogen, liquefied natural gas, compressed natural gas and electricity to power vehicles, McCullough said. It also plans to expand solar energy use at logistics facilities so that 100% of logistics buildings run on renewable energy by 2030.”