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FedEx freight truckPACCAR (NYSE: PCAR), a leading global truck manufacturer, announced it will work with Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), a global power solutions provider, to offer the new Cummins X15N natural gas engine in Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks.

The X15N is the first natural gas engine to be specifically designed for heavy-duty truck applications with up to 500 horsepower output.

“We believe we can help our customers achieve their goals by lowering the barriers to fleet adoption of sustainable power solutions by using proven engine technology and leveraging existing infrastructure, and giving them affordable options for their business goals,” said John Rich, PACCAR chief technology officer.

Together with several customers including FedEx Freight and Knight-Swift, PACCAR and Cummins will demonstrate the ability to achieve low-to-zero carbon emissions for long-haul transport using internal combustion engine technology and operating on renewable natural gas (RNG).

“The X15N is essential to our commitment to help customers reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and to improve NOx. Importantly for the customer, the X15N will reduce the cost of adopting low emissions technologies for their fleet, and gives them the confidence to do so, built on the strong foundation of more than 30 years of experience with natural gas,” said Srikanth Padmanabhan, Vice President and President, Cummins Engine Business.

When operating on RNG, also known as biomethane, the X15N engine will be able to achieve major reductions in the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks. This can range from a 90 percent reduction to carbon neutral, or even carbon negative, depending on the bio-source and waste feedstock used to produce the fuel.

The new X15N is capable of lower NOx levels than the 2024 EPA and CARB standards. Equally impressive is the 1,850 ft-lbs. of peak torque output provided by the X15N, which will provide optimum performance when paired with Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies HD and XD Transmission.

Maersk DeboFollowing the announcement of six strategic green methanol partnerships across the globe earlier this year, A.P. Moller - Maersk (Maersk) adds a seventh methanol partnership with Chinese bioenergy enterprise Debo on the quest to boost global production capacity.

The parties have signed a Letter of Intent covering Debo’s plans to develop a bio-methanol project for Maersk in China with capacity of 200,000 tonnes per year to start commercial operation by fall 2024.

"Maersk has set an ambitious end-to-end net-zero goal for 2040 and the availability of green methanol at scale is critical to our fleet’s transition to sustainable energy. Partnerships across ecosystems and geographies are essential for the scale-up needed in order to make meaningful progress on this agenda already in this decade. Therefore, we are delighted to welcome Debo on this journey." Berit Hinnemann, Head of Green Fuels Sourcing, A.P. Moller - Maersk.

The feedstock for the green bio-methanol will be agricultural residues. Maersk intends to offtake the full volume produced.

"The use of green methanol as marine fuel to replace the existing fossil fuel is groundbreaking in the container shipping history and will strongly promote the development of green shipping. It is a great honor for Debo to work with A.P. Moller - Maersk to promote the commercialization of the green methanol industrial chain. I firmly believe that through the cooperation, we are able to realize the commercial production and industrial conversion of green methanol and contribute to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." Zhang Shoujun, Chairman and General Manager, Debo.

In March, Maersk announced six partnerships with CIMC ENRIC, European Energy, Green Technology Bank, Orsted, Proman, and WasteFuel with the intent of sourcing at least 730,000 tonnes/year by end of 2025 - well beyond the green methanol needed for the first 12 green container vessels currently on order.

ONEOcean Network Express (ONE), one of the world’s largest global ocean carriers, has gone live with automated digital transfer of contract rates and global tariffs capable of feeding WiseTech Global’s leading logistics execution platform, CargoWise.

The digital connection enables ONE to share fully digital, confidential contracted rates and published global tariff surcharges with customers using a standardized CargoWise rates structure and API, making it faster and easier to book a shipment. The rollout of fully digital, real-time feeds will be progressive and cover all major global trade lanes as it expands to other CargoWise customers and product family users.

Sundeep Sibal, Senior Vice President of Global Commercial and Service Management, at ONE, said: “We are delighted with the fully digital integration which we can now offer to customers of ONE and CargoWise. Offering a live connection between ONE and CargoWise allows us to deliver a rapid, accurate, and complete picture to our shared customers that will ultimately lead to long-term efficiencies and cost reductions. This direct connection demonstrates our firm commitment to digitalization and innovation to support our customers.”

Ashley Skaanild, Regional VP – Logistics Data & Connectivity at WiseTech Global, said: “ONE has been working with us for years now on digital booking and tracking messaging. In an industry dominated by spreadsheets and costly data and error prone rekeying of information, ONE has shown real technology and business leadership in progressing their digital connectivity to rates, to help our shared customers connect securely and reliably in real-time.

“We continue to work hard to link, automate and digitize ocean carriers and to remove vast amounts of manual work that create cost, inaccuracy and delay in sales, operations, and finance functions. The CargoWise digital adaptors provide standardized, easy to implement connections for ocean carriers to deliver schedules, contract rates, spot and dynamic pricing, ebooking, tracking and invoice management, for ocean carriers and their high-volume customers,” Mr Skaanild said.

CNG CNG Fuels, Europe’s leading supplier of renewable biomethane for transport, today announces the opening of its tenth low-carbon HGV refuelling station in Castleford, as demand for the fuel takes off, with the number of bio-CNG powered trucks on the road doubling in the last year alone.

The new station means that CNG Fuels can now refuel 5000 HGVs across the UK daily, saving up to 1,600 tonnes of CO2 every day, or 584,000 tonnes of CO2 annually when compared to diesel – equivalent to powering over 113,000 homes for an entire year.

HGVs account for 4.2% of UK carbon emissions, putting the sector at the core of the UK’s goal of achieving net zero by 2050. Last year, the UK government set out plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel HGV from 2040[i], heightening the urgency for fleets across the country to find alternative solutions to petrol and diesel HGVs.

Renewable biomethane – derived from food waste and manure by CNG Fuels – is the lowest carbon, most cost-effective alternative fuel to diesel available to HGVs today, cutting emissions by over 90% whilst providing up to a 40% lifetime fuel cost saving.

The new station in Castleford is the company’s 10th operational site, extending the range of low-carbon deliveries into North East England. The site can refuel up to 500 HGVs per day, cutting 67,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually when fully utilised – equivalent to the annual emissions of over 40,000 cars.[ii] Most of the UK is already within a 300-mile round trip of a CNG Fuels renewable biomethane refuelling station and the site will put Leeds, Hull, and Wakefield within its range, serving local and passing fleets using the M1, A1 and M18.

Located in the Normanton Industrial Estate, CNG Fuels’ newest station will give multiple existing CNG Fuels customers, including major household brands and new local fleet operators, access to low carbon biomethane.

Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels, said: “Fleet operators around the world are urgently seeking ways to cut emissions from their fleets. In the UK, fleet operators can do so today by adopting biomethane. Our fast-growing network of refuelling infrastructure has made biomethane more accessible than ever before, and fleets – ranging from local hauliers through to major household brands – are dramatically cutting emissions every day. Our newest station in Castleford is building on our existing network, enabling low carbon deliveries all the way from Inverness to Cornwall.”

Aldi becomes the latest major brand to adopt biomethane
Aldi, the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket, is the latest major brand to adopt bio-CNG HGVs and is among many other household brands, including Royal Mail, Waitrose, and Warburtons to use CNG Fuels’ newest site.
Liz Fox, National Corporate Responsibility Director, UK at Aldi, said: “Aldi is committed to reducing our carbon footprint, and adopting bio-CNG HGVs is another step forward in our plans to cut emissions from our UK fleets. CNG Fuels’ latest station in Castleford opens the door to major transport networks into the North East, and their growing network will only continue to extend the number of low carbon deliveries that we can make across the country every day.”

Demand for the fuel from fleet operators is growing at around 100% per annum, and CNG Fuels forecasts the demand to continue to accelerate, with around 10% of the UK’s high-mileage HGV fleet expected to run on Bio-CNG by 2025. CNG Fuels has seen rapid growth in demand since the start of 2022 as the benefits of Bio-CNG begins to reach the mass market. Orders for 6x2 Iveco trials – one of the latest CNG-ready HGVs to be launched to the market – have reached an all-time high as the market moves away from early adopting large fleets, to fleets of all sizes.

The Castleford station joins nine other refuelling stations operated by CNG Fuels across the UK, including the world’s largest public access biomethane refuelling station in Avonmouth near Bristol. The company plans to have 20 large public access stations in operation by the end of 2023, with sites in Newton Aycliffe and Corby entering the construction phase at the end of July 2022.

Last year the company announced plans to host hydrogen fuel trials across its sites to ensure stations are ready to support a multi-fuel future as different technologies develop and become commercially viable. The first hydrogen trails are due to begin this year and by 2025, CNG Fuels plans to allocate 100 acres of its land to public access hydrogen refuelling.

CNG Fuels was recently announced as the winner of the British Renewable Energy Award for Low Carbon Transport by the REA (The Association for Renewable Energy & Clean Technology), a recognition of the company’s role in enabling fleets across the UK to drastically reduce emissions from road transport.

WFS Heathrow Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has increased its facility footprint at London’s Heathrow Airport after a 30% growth in volumes in the past year.

WFS has signed a five-year lease on Building 578 in the airport’s cargo area, boosting its warehouse and office space by a further 27,000 sq. ft. The additional building, due to commence operations in October, features eight landside doors for cargo deliveries and collections, and a 20-foot truck dock. As well as caster deck storage for loaded pallets and containers, WFS also plans to install a 7,000 sq. ft. area for ambient shipments and dedicated storage for temperature-controlled cargoes requiring a 2-8°C environment.

Once the new facility opens, WFS will increase its total cargo handling space at the airport to nearly 350,000 sq. ft. This latest expansion is designed to support existing airline customers – including new contracts gained in the past 12 months with Sri Lankan Airlines, Gulf Air and All Nippon Airways. The additional building will also provide growth capacity.

“After strong growth in our tonnage throughput in 2021, and with cargo volumes expected to increase by a further 25% this year, it’s important that we are proactive in ensuring we have the capacity and infrastructure our current airline customers need to support their products and services. A key focus for Building 578 is to expand our perishables handling capabilities. This investment also gives us more space to welcome new carriers, which we expect to do by the end of the year,” said Paul Carmody, WFS’ Managing Director – UK Cargo.

WFS currently provides cargo handling services for 16 international airlines at Heathrow, handling over 425,000 tonnes of freight, airmail and express shipments through seven warehouse facilities.

Rhenus 360The new location images combine informative content and interactive aerial views of a total of 34 sea and inland ports within the Rhenus Group.

The user can navigate independently within the 360-degree images and access further views as well as info boxes with the respective location information.

The 360-degree images were created as an additional tool to give customers and partners a real view of the port facilities on site and to highlight, for example, access routes, development areas or plant equipment. ‘We can use this map in such a versatile and descriptive way when communicating with our existing and potential customers and quickly provide an overview of the locations,’ reports Mevlüt Gündüz, Sales Coordinator and Project Manager at Rhenus Port Logistics as well as the main project manager responsible.

 

DHL Nespresso DHL Supply Chain, the world’s leading contract logistics provider, is extending its strategic partnership with Nestlé Nespresso S.A, the company announced today.

Building on a relationship dating back to 2014, DHL will now also provide logistics and fulfilment services in the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI). The existing partnerships between DHL and Nespresso in Italy, Brazil, Malaysia and Taiwan will continue.

“Having successfully supported Nespresso in some of its key markets since 2014, we’re delighted to be extending our relationship to cover the UK and Ireland for the first time,” said Saul Resnick, CEO of DHL Supply Chain UK&I. “Today’s news is a great vote of confidence in our people and the quality of our logistics and e-fulfilment service provided globally over the past eight years. We look forward to further building on this great partnership.”

From Q1 2023, DHL will handle all warehousing across Nespresso’s e-commerce and network of retail boutiques in the UK & ROI. Projected to handle six million orders in year one alone, the UK operation will be based in a dedicated omnichannel facility in Coventry. It is equipped with state-of-the-art automation, with a BREEAM rating of 'excellent' thanks to extensive environmental features including solar panels, electric charge points and air source heat pumps. The Irish operation will be based in Dublin.

In all markets, DHL will manage key aspects of the supply chain, including storage, warehousing and picking and packing of individual orders.

“I am delighted that we will be working with DHL from next year. With their warehousing expertise, innovative automation technology and a strong focus on delivering sustainable operations and services, DHL is the ideal supply chain partner for Nespresso UK & Ireland. Together, we will deliver on Nespresso’s ambitions to further build our premium quality of service and achieve joint success,” added Jan Süßmeir, Customer Care & Services Director at Nespresso UK & ROI.

The blend of robotics and manual input across the operation was a key driver in Nespresso’s decision to partner with DHL. To meet the brand’s ambitious growth plans, DHL will employ both ‘spider’ and collaborative robots to scale up at short notice, without requiring additional labour. Robot pickers are able to process up to eight times faster than manual handling. Meanwhile, colleagues at the site will have the opportunity to upskill in automation management.

 

CP 2Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today announced a new two-year collective agreement with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) – Train and Engine following binding arbitration.

The new agreement includes a 3.5 percent wage increase in 2022 and 2023 and increased benefits. Under the arbitration decision, the TCRC will also join a CP Pension Improvement Account. The new collective agreement runs through 2023.

"CP welcomes the conclusion of arbitration and is pleased to have completed this agreement with the TCRC Negotiating Committee," said CP President and CEO Keith Creel. "We continue to work with our union partners to reach agreements that meet the needs of our industry-leading railroaders and allow us to grow our business as we provide essential services for our customers and the North American supply chain."

TCRC represents approximately 3,000 locomotive engineers, conductors, train and yard workers across Canada.

CP and TCRC agreed to enter binding arbitration in March 2022 to resolve outstanding matters as part of a new collective agreement, including wages and pensions.

crowley electric tugCrowley has chosen international business sustainability ratings provider EcoVadis to assess its value chain for its suppliers’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts.

A global provider of supply chain solutions, Crowley is the first U.S.-based company in maritime and logistics to partner with EcoVadis on its value chain solutions.

Leveraging EcoVadis’ unparalleled technology capabilities, Crowley and its supplier-contractor base will be able to receive assessments of their current sustainability levels and strategic guidance how to set, improve and reach ESG goals.

Crowley has committed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 through a science-based approach, and detailed the company’s strategy and established a transparent reference point to measure progress toward its ESG goals in its inaugural sustainability report in June.

Crowley’s priorities include: adopting low- to zero-carbon fuels and supporting new energy development; increasing talent diversity, growth and retention; and supporting people and communities. The partnership with EcoVadis follows Crowley’s successful use of Salesforce’s Net Zero Cloud technology, with PwC, to measure and analyze emissions across its full value chain.

As part of its sustainability commitment, Crowley has elevated its commitments to diversity and equity in business through targets for 2030 to ensure 37% of suppliers are diverse and 27% of purchases come from small businesses.

“EcoVadis is the leading authority for assessing and improving sustainability in the value chain, and Crowley is excited to start using the platform to achieve our shared ambition for a cleaner, more sustainable planet using verified assessments,” said Crowley’s Jean Matthews, vice president, procurement. “By fostering more responsible business practices, together we can help our customers, contractors, vendors and our people in each of our communities have a better tomorrow.”

With EcoVadis’ capabilities, Crowley will be able to identify both high-performing and early adopters of ESG and bring more visibility to the sustainability results of its suppliers to help guide procurement choices. EcoVadis uses indicators across 21 sustainable criteria based on four themes: environment, labor and human risks, ethics and sustainable procurement. EcoVadis follows international sustainability standards such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

“Crowley has taken an essential step by including the value chain in their sustainability commitments,” said David McClintock, Marketing Director at EcoVadis. “We look forward to supporting the rollout and expansion of their sustainable procurement program to engage their supply base in realizing these goals.”

Silkway website Silk Way West Airlines, a member of the Silk Way Group and one of the fastest-growing cargo carriers in the Caspian and CIS regions, has launched its redesigned website.

The website includes several new features, including a responsive, user-friendly layout, simplified navigation and newly integrated online booking services along with enhanced freight tracking and a CO2 calculator to improve the customer experience.

In addition to improving existing functionality, two new online services have been added to better serve the airline’s customers. An online booking feature enables forwarders and sales agents to send cargo inquiries directly to the airline through the website and receive a booking confirmation with flight data by email. The enhanced tracking service with an integrated CO2 emission calculator offers real-time status tracking through the website, which calculates carbon emissions generated from shipments based on cargo weight, origin and destination. The new features demonstrate the company’s drive to improve the customer experience by digitalizing services and achieving a carbon neutral footprint.

Commenting on the new services, President of Silk Way West Airlines Wolfgang Meier said: “I am proud to share the passion of our team that redesigned our website, making it even more attractive and optimizing its functionality. Adjusting the website in line with our new corporate identity and adding useful features and important functions makes it a great experience for customers to step into the Silk Way world. The next stage in digitalizing our processes is the launch of online booking through our website, which will further enhance our capacity to reach prospective clients.”

“We are delighted that our latest project brings us together in providing state-of-the-art tracking capability to Silk Way West Airlines’ newly redesigned website, together with an online query and interactive quotation feature through our QuoteIt platform to further enhance digitally driven growth. It is sensational to witness this development and we are looking forward to continued synergies and cooperation between our two companies", said Cristina Pheysey, Managing Director ENXT Solutions GmbH.

B2L JettainerJettainer is giving a second life to retired air cargo containers.

The robust materials used in unit load devices (ULDs) are being turned into fashionable shoulder bags and keychains that are now available for purchase. The international leader in ULD management has forged a partnership with the upcycling specialist B2L and will enhance the product variety in the future.

The bags and keychains are made out of old ULDs that are no longer suitable for aviation, so they have to be taken out of service. These items are manufactured, for instance, from original air cargo container tarpaulins and belts, making them incredibly robust and easy to wash.

B2L and Jettainer have previously worked as project partners and are ramping up their cooperation with this new three-year contract. Kerstin Rank, B2L’s Managing Director, noted, “We have already upcycled more than 145 tons of material from aviation since our company was founded 11 years ago. We look forward to expanding our portfolio and giving a second life to Jettainer’s retired ULDs. Along with the bags, we have already come up with lots of other ideas for creative and sustainable items.”

Jettainer is helping to make aviation more resource-friendly and environmentally sound with its global management services for innovative, lightweight ULDs. “The conscientious and careful use of resources is an integral element of our corporate philosophy. So we are really excited that our containers can keep travelling around the globe, even once they are retired, thanks to upcycling,” added Thorsten Riekert, Chief Sales Officer at Jettainer.


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