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LONDON: February 22, 2016. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative, whose members include Cargill, Maersk Line, Akzo Nobel, Unilever, Swire Group and ABN AMRO, says it would like to see the International Maritime Organization (IMO) deliver a strong regulatory framework for the shipping industry in support of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change as agreed in Paris last December.

The SSI’s latest progress report highlights work done by its members including the development and use of clean technologies; facilitating access to finance for more efficient vessels; addressing the challenges of responsible ship recycling; and conducting research to make shipping a more attractive place to work and develop a career.

SSI SHIPThe members have also signed up to create a clear benchmark for demonstrable sustainable practice as well as providing greater collective transparency and accountability within the group.

“Our second progress report shows the real developments that the SSI and its members are making, and the positive work that is being conducted among members, and with many stakeholders in the shipping industry, said SSI CEO Alastair Fischbacher.

While acknowledging the progress made to date Fischbacher added: “We must be under no illusion of the significant challenges that lie ahead. But we have shown that when organizations within the industry come together to make a difference and drive more sustainable behaviors great things can be achieved. We will continue with this mission, and welcome more organizations from all elements of the shipping supply chain to join with us.”

To frame and prioritise some of the issues that it considers need addressing across the ocean shipping industry, the SSI has created a 2040 Roadmap to give greater direction to stakeholder discussions as well as providing organizations with a practical tool to help shape their own sustainability strategy.

“As we progress in 2016 and beyond, it is important that the Roadmap is shared as much as possible with the industry, as it provides a clear and tangible overview of what sustainability actually looks like, and the practical steps that must be taken to achieve it,” said Fischbacher. The Roadmap: www.ssi2040.org

LONDON: December 14, 2015. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) says it wants "meaningful discussions" with the UN International Maritime Organization about reducing CO2 emissions 50 percent before 2050 from a 2007 base line.

ICS is also pushing the IMO to finalize a mandatory global CO2 data collection system for ships, arguing that "dramatic" CO2 reduction will only be guaranteed if further regulation continues to be led by the UN agency.

The move coincides with further consolidation of the container shipping industry with the announcement by China's Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of a merger between COSCO and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL). China COSCO, COSCO Pacific, CSCL and China Shipping Development (CSD) say they will restructure key assets to create one of the world's four largest container lines with a fleet of 288 ships, of which 84 are larger than 8,000 TEUs, and a total capacity of approximately 1.6 million TEUs. 

COSCO ShenzhenICS secretary general Peter Hinchliffe said the message from government leaders meeting in Paris last week was clear: "I am sure IMO Member States will now proceed with new momentum to help the industry deliver ever greater CO2 reductions, as the world moves towards total de-carbonization by the end of the century."

Despite encouraging signs from China and India to curb their emissions alongside developed economies, the ICS notes the climate mitigation agreement reached in Paris still retains the principle of 'differentiation' whereby different countries can offer different levels of commitment to reduce CO2.

"CO2 is a global problem and shipping is a global industry," said Hinchliffe. "IMO is the only forum which can take account of the UN principle of 'differentiation' while requiring all ships to apply the same CO2 reduction measures, regardless of their flag State.

"Unilateral or regional regulation would be disastrous for shipping and disastrous for global CO2 reduction, whereas IMO is already helping shipping to deliver substantial CO2 reductions on a global basis," he added.

ICS had hoped for an acknowledgment in Paris of the importance of the IMO continuing to develop further CO2 reduction measures that could be implemented and enforced in a uniform and global manner.

"Time finally ran out to agree a compromise on international transport acceptable to all nations, but nothing is really lost. No text is probably preferable to some of the well intentioned words being proposed at the very end of the conference which few people understood and which could have actually greatly complicated further progress at IMO," explained Hinchliffe.

OEGSTGEEST, the Netherlands: The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) says cargo theft in Q3 2015 rose 10.6 percent year-on-year in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The 238 incidents to 30 September 2015 included the loss of €1.4 million of postage stamps from a warehouse in Ile-de-France near Paris, and €635,000 of cosmetics and fragrances stolen from a truck parked overnight in Rugby, UK. TAPA says most thefts occur from trucks.

TAPA BFor the 18 percent of companies that reported a theft value, their loss totalled more than €4.3 million and included 10 crimes worth over €100,000. Three of these occurred in the UK, two in France and the rest in Belgium, Italy, Kenya, the Netherlands and Norway.

With 105 incidents, the Netherlands had the highest number of reported crimes followed by the UK with 53 during the period. TAPA says this partially reflects the proactive approach of Dutch and UK law-enforcement agencies in capturing and sharing theft data.

Thefts were reported in 19 EMEA region countries in the third quarter with 91.5 percent taking place in just six: the Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Germany, France and South Africa. Of the 14 categories targeted by thieves, TAPA says food and drink remained the most popular in addition to clothing, footwear, furniture, household appliances, computers, cosmetics, tools, building materials, tyres, car parts, pharmaceuticals, toys, cash, bicycles and phones.

Thorsten Neumann, chairman of TAPA EMEA said the latest figures are only part of the picture as incidents are "massively under-reported" because law enforcement agencies worldwide often don't record theft of content, just theft of the vehicle.

"The fact remains that cargo crime isn't a problem for anyone until they become a victim and then it becomes an extremely costly and damaging issue. Aside from financial losses, it harms relationships between customers and suppliers and impacts the reputations of companies, which ultimately affects business retention for transport and logistics companies," he explained.

Neumann called on companies to be proactive on cargo theft: "Don't wait to become a victim, do everything you can to make your supply chains as resilient as possible. The adoption of TAPA security standards should be part of that process."

BOCA RATON, FL: The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) is launching a global campaign to double the number of TAPA-certified warehouse facilities to over 2,000 in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific in the next three years.

The campaign includes a new self-certification program for TAPA's entry level FSR Class 'C' and TSR Level '3' Security Standards. TAPA is providing free training for members' in-house auditors and once this is successfully completed they can undertake their own audits to demonstrate compliance with Class 'C' and Level '3'.

TAPA was formed in 1997 to tackle the multi-billion euro problem of cargo thefts from the supply chain. Today the organization has over 800 members including many of the world's biggest manufacturers and logistics companies.

tapa-crimeScott Dedic, chairman of TAPA Americas said: "Companies join TAPA because they see how our Standards, training, networking and intelligence tools can further enhance their existing in-house security programmes. This campaign aims to help more of our members to gain FSR and TSR certification and to give our manufacturer members a bigger choice of suppliers to protect their products in the supply chain."

Dedic said the entry level opportunity is important because It introduces companies to the TAPA Standards in a low cost, manageable way. "For many of our manufacturer members this level of supply chain security would be sufficient for a high percentage of their requirements. One of the main drivers for this campaign is that we believe the majority of TAPA members may already be at, or close to, this level of certification but have yet to complete the audit process. Through this initiative, we will help them to take this important step forward."

The certification campaign also aims to build greater awareness for TAPA's manufacturing members of the freight, logistics and transport companies that provide TAPA-certified facilities and trucking operations.

Thorsten Neumann, chairman of TAPA EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), added: "The TAPA members that are certified at the top levels of our Security Standards already understand the benefits because of the level and quality of business they get by being TAPA certified. However, the threat of cargo crime is increasing and that is why we need a bigger choice of services from companies that have demonstrated their commitment to a secure supply chain by adopting our Standards.

TAPA EMEA's Incident Information Service (IIS) recorded 1,102 cargo crimes in 2014. Data for the first half of 2015 saw a rise of 24 percent year-on-year, with thefts recorded in 19 countries and average losses per crime of €149,635.

SAN FRANCISCO: A new report says climate change is now a material risk for many companies as more than 50 percent of carbon emissions are produced by their supply chains.

According to the collaborative think-tank Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), there are five main areas of supply chain climate risks that companies across all industries should consider:

BSR supply chains• Physical risk to suppliers' assets and operations;
• Reduced availability or increased costs of inputs;
• Changing regulations in sourcing or distribution markets;
• Climate-related disruptions in communities that impact supplier workforce availability and productivity;
• Stakeholder, or reputational, risk.

In addition to general risks, the BSR report has identified sector-specific risks in three areas: food, beverage and agriculture; information and communication technology; and consumer products.

Based on responses from its 250 corporate members, BSR suggests a three-step process to maximize a company's ability to move quickly to address their risks and opportunities.

Step 1: Identify supply chain priorities that offer the greatest opportunity for creating supply chain resilience - including areas of high GHG emissions and high climate vulnerability.

Step 2: Take action and develop targets by looking internally, integrating climate considerations into the overall procurement, sourcing, and supplier management processes. Engage and require suppliers to take action by encouraging or requiring them to get involved with climate resilience programs or asking them disclose their own climate performance.

Step 3: Monitoring, evaluating and reporting via "robust metrics" helps a company understand how well different actions are contributing to achieving targets, effectively addressing climate priorities, and whether there is any need for a company to amend its approach.

Announcing the release of the report, BSR Supply Chain Sustainability director Tara Norton cited a recent comment from AXA France CEO Nicolas Moreau who said his company has seen the intensity of extreme-weather events increase within clients' supply chains, causing serious disruptions in their ability to produce and deliver products and leading to higher costs.

"Moreau's comment [brings] into sharp relief the reality that climate change is already upon us and that there is a strong business case for companies to take immediate action on climate impacts in their supply chains," declared Norton.

ISTANBUL: Bahçeşehir University, one of the leading private universities in Turkey, is supporting the launch of StartersHub, a catalyst for domestic entrepreneurs plus those in EMENA (Europe, Middle East, North Africa) and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

StartersHub offers new companies everything they need under one umbrella including funding, service providers, strategic partnerships, business expertise, mentorship and a 1,000 square meter workplace in the heart of Istanbul's business district.

Commenting on the launch, Bahçeşehir University director of Co-op Omer Yucel said: "We believe that the startup ecosystem in Turkey will develop rapidly, and we continue to provide all possible support towards that."

bahcesehirStartersHub is backed by Gedik Girisim, a TRY22 million investment fund with MV Holding and Gedik Yatirim as the main investors. Gedik Yatirim, established in 1991, is the biggest private-owned research and brokerage house in the country.

Bahçeşehir (right), begun by the Ugur Education Foundation, has eight faculties, 17,000 registered students and international campuses in Silicon Valley, Boston, Washington DC, Toronto, Berlin, Rome and Hong Kong. On October 08 the university, together with Pegasus Cargo, will be holding a logistics conference with the theme: 'Experts meet students' on the school's Istanbul Besiktas campus.

The conference will bring together students from Turkey and abroad looking to make a career in logistics as the program will combine both education and experience.

Speakers will include David Kerr, Etihad vice president Cargo; Jens Poggensee, Europe president of UPS Freight Forwarding; Okyay Oztugran, Damco CEO for the Eastern Mediterranean; Hasan Hatipoglu, Lufthansa Cargo general manager, Turkey; and Gerton Hulsmann, managing director Cargo for Dusseldorf airport.

According to Turkey's Council of Higher Education, the 2014-2015 calendar year saw the country's universities provide an education hub for 72,178 students from 240 countries. Azerbaijan ranked in first place with 10,638 students, followed by Turkmenistan with 9,092, Syria (5,560), Iran (5,302) and Afghanistan (3,672) to make up the top five countries.

Four out of Turkey's five foundation universities are located in Istanbul with the fifth in Ankara. Nearly 1,600 enrolled in Istanbul's Aydın University, 1,440 in Fatih, and 1,411 in Bahçeşehir during the last education year said the Council.

PARIS: Some 25 business networks representing over 6.5 million companies from more than 130 countries have announced they want to lead the global transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient economy.

Opening the Business & Climate Summit held at UNESCO headquarters this week, French president François Hollande told 2000 business leaders, policymakers and investors: "You must, here in Paris, make commitments, offer solutions and success will also be yours. Because if we take the expected actions, if we make the choices that are hoped for, I am sure it will have extremely positive consequences on economic actors, on future technologies, on employment and on growth."

The business leaders say they want politicians to leverage public funds and private sector finance towards low-carbon assets; to introduce "carefully designed, robust and predictable carbon pricing"; and to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies.

Maersk CO2Unilever CEO Paul Polman observed: "When faced with the challenges of climate change, businesses should be part of the solution. Companies that have seized low-carbon opportunities are increasingly seeing rewards. To go further, we need a strong international climate agreement that sends a clear and credible signal to businesses that low-carbon policies will endure."

Ahead of the Paris summit, 82 of the world's leading companies met to progress the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi) led by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the International Energy Agency and IEA and Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

According to Peter Bakker, former head of TNT Express and now CEO of the WBCSD: "Ambitious climate action is the biggest opportunity for business. Incremental change is no longer enough – we need a massive transformation across our societies, policies and economies in order to limit the rise in global temperature to under two degrees."

One of the LCTPi objectives is to reduce the freight industry's current 10 percent contribution to global carbon emissions by bringing together the supply and demand side to create a long-term set of solutions as well as a business-driven realistic roadmap. The results will be presented at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change added: "We have reached the turning point in making our response to climate change real, viable and inevitable. Organizations want to work with governments to build a clean, predictable and transformative path toward a safe and profitable future."

In a related move, Marks and Spencer has become the latest company to announce it will source 100 percent of its future energy requirement from renewables. It joins other leading brands including Unilever, Infosys, H&M, Ikea, Mars and Nestlé.

Facilities ManagerLONDON: A survey by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) says there's been a 20 percent drop in confidence by UK companies in their ability to implement and manage sustainability policies.

The BIFM's ninth annual survey noted that 40 percent of respondents thought their organization was 'very good' or 'excellent' at implementing sustainability, compared to over 60 percent last year, and 43 per cent in 2013.

The drop coincides with a reported increase in barriers to sustainability with physical constraints highlighted by 80 percent of respondents; 71 percent cited financial handicaps; and 69 percent said they experienced a lack of organizational engagement.

In addition, the survey found that 36 percent of those canvassed had no formal reporting system or data collection process when measuring sustainability. And despite 81 per cent of CEOs and senior management reporting sustainability as being a very important issue for their business, only 61 per cent of middle management and 63 per cent of front line management reported the same.

Gareth Tancred, CEO of BIFM said: "Despite increased pressure on businesses to be more sustainable, we are actually seeing a decline in their ability to do so. What is clear from our findings is that organizations need to re-think their approach to sustainability in the face of increasing barriers."

Tancred said that in nine years of conducting the BIFM survey, 2015 has seen the biggest year-on-year decrease: "What is needed to address the 'sustainability crunch' is more collaborative working, to look beyond purely environmental connotations such as energy consumption, climate change and waste management, and integrate policies aligned with societal sustainability, such as the Living Wage. The risk of not doing so is that organizations are accused of only paying lip service to sustainability," he declared.

ABU DHABI: A report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says more than 7.7 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry - an 18 percent increase from last year. The rise covers solar, wind, biofuels, biomass, biogas and small hydropower.

The 10 countries with the largest employment in renewables are China, Brazil, the U.S., India, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, France, Bangladesh and Colombia.

The report says the solar PV industry is the largest renewable energy employer with 2.5 million jobs globally, followed by liquid biofuels with 1.8 million and wind power - which has now surpassed one million jobs for the first time.

IRENA renewables jobsIRENA director general Adnan Amin commented: "We are seeing the widest spread of employment through renewable energy this year. Five of the 10 countries with the most renewable energy jobs are now located in Asia: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Bangladesh."

As a result the U.S. and European Union now represent 25 percent of the world's renewable energy jobs compared to 31 percent two years ago.

With 3.4 million people employed, China leads the renewables job market. Sustained domestic deployment and rising global solar photovoltaic (PV) demand has resulted in a 4.0 percent increase in jobs to top 1.6 million. The country produced 70 percent of the world's solar PV volume in 2014.

By contrast, total EU renewable energy employment has fallen from 1.25 million to 1.2 million reflecting a sharp decrease in overall investment as well as adverse policy conditions says the report.

Germany remains the European country with the highest renewables employment with 371,400 jobs in 2013. This is more than double the number in France (176,200), which itself remains far ahead of the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. These five countries account for about 70 percent of total EU employment in the renewables sector.

Meanwhile: "In the United States, a country fast becoming a leader in renewable energy innovation, we are seeing a rapid rise in deployment of solar PV in particular, along with strong investment in wind in several states and a leading focus on development of advanced biofuels," said Amin. IRENA notes wind jobs in the U.S. have increased by almost half to 73,000 while total solar employment surged 22 percent to 173,800 in 2014.

The report concludes by suggesting the growth of the renewables sector will depend on more technology investment to reduce unit costs and in a year when negotiators in Paris aim to carve out a global climate agreement, a predictable geopolitical context.

IRENA is an intergovernmental organization with 139 Member States and the EU.

OEGSTEEST, the Netherlands: The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) says the UK and the Netherlands had the highest levels of reported crime in its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region during the first quarter of 2015.

TAPA's Incident Information Service (IIS) data indicates the two countries accounted for over 67 percent of the 206 reported or attempted freight thefts for the period. With 18 incidents valued at over €100,000 and a total of €13.25 million in three months, the average loss per event was €210,365.

The UK recorded 70 cargo crimes in Q1 2015, a 133 percent rise over the same period in 2014 while the Netherlands saw a 17 percent increase year-on-year with 69 incidents.

TAPAThorsten Neumann, chairman of TAPA EMEA said: "We are well aware that the level of cargo crime in the EMEA region and, indeed, globally is massively under-reported. Whilst highlighting the UK and the Netherlands as hotspots for incidents, what this latest data for Q1 demonstrates more than anything is the growing importance our police partners in these countries are giving to tackling the problem of cargo crime. By collecting and sharing intelligence, they are setting an example we hope other law enforcement agencies in our region will follow."

TAPA says it continues to work with the European Commission, national governments and police organizations including INTERPOL, Europol and TISPOL to gather information on increasingly violent crimes in 14 countries.

In Q1, Germany reported 20 cargo crimes to TAPA followed by Spain with 10, Italy with nine and France and South Africa with eight incidents each. Germany had the most crimes where the single event loss value exceeded €100,000.

The biggest single theft in the quarter took place in March when a gang of 15 robbers stole gems and artwork worth €9 million after holding up two armoured vans at a motorway toll in Burgundy, some 125 miles southeast of Paris. They used a mechanical digger to smash a hole in the vehicles before leaving them in a nearby field near Auxerre (right - picture courtesy BBC).

TAPA reports clothing, footwear and consumer electronics accounted for 15.5 percent of Q1 thefts followed by tobacco products, food and alcohol. The association says transport-related crime continues to dominate reported incidents with 89 vehicle thefts or 43.2 percent of the period total, followed by thefts from vehicles a further 39.3 percent and hijackings at 8.25 percent.

GENEVA: IATA and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have signed an MoU to support countries seeking to implement the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

The TFA is designed to make developing countries more competitive by facilitating automated and smart border solutions for secure supply chains in order to reduce costs by up to 10 percent.

TCM"Aligning regulation and procedures with global standards and best practices has the potential to deliver major efficiency gains. That's the aim of the [TFA] which presents a great opportunity for our industry to reduce these delays and costs, particularly in developing countries," said IATA CEO Tony Tyler.

FIATA has also endorsed the agreement noting implementation of the TFA provisions will be a "win-win" for sustainable growth among countries that opt in.
In a statement it declared: "FIATA maintains its full support to the WTO as this historic agreement is expected to deliver greater facilitation to trade in times when better trade could lift more and more countries out of poverty, increase the welfare of the more developed nations and contribute to better health and human conditions all over the world."

FIATA Customs Affairs chairman Stephen Morris said the organization's 40,000 members should encourage their respective governments to set up trade facilitation committees in a timely manner, adding: "Make sure that logistics and supply chain related services are appropriately represented in the facilitation committees, for the improvement of the regulatory interface and with the aim of fostering the fruitful, swift and efficient implementation of the agreement as widely as possible in the world."

According to Christian Friis Bach, UNECE executive secretary, the new collaboration with IATA will strengthen the implementation of standards in both developing and least developed countries and lead to the creation of new jobs.

"UNECE has worked with the business community for many years to develop trade facilitation recommendations and standards that reduce the cost of doing business. An excellent example of the application of these instruments is the IATA e-Freight programme which reflects UNECE standards," he noted.

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