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PO GGLP&O Ferrymasters today announces it has entered into an agreement with Belgium-based Genk Green Logistics to build a 10,000 square metre state-of-the-art warehouse near the Port of Genk in Belgium, further enhancing its pan-European rail, road and warehousing network at a critical time for international trade and economic recovery.

The new facility – strategically located near the port which is in the heart of Flanders' industrial belt - is equipped with world-leading Warehouse Management Systems and will enable customers to increase efficiency, have better visibility of their goods and expand storage capacity in their end-to-end supply chains.

The warehouse is ideally positioned to accommodate the import and export of goods requiring storage for international deep-sea routes and to the United Kingdom via both the English Channel and North Sea. The site's outstanding multimodal transport links – including access to the Albert Canal and direct barging to P&O Ferrymasters' parent company DP World's terminal at Antwerp – will facilitate existing customers' export of high-value industrial products to consumers throughout Europe and via onward connections to Russia, China and the United States.

As part of the global DP World and P&O Ferrymasters commitment to sustainability, the warehouse will be constructed on a carbon neutral site and designed to meet the 'excellent rating' of BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).

Mark Mulder, P&O Ferrymasters' Contract Logistics Director, said: "This new warehouse capacity at Genk is a vital addition to our port-centric logistics strategy and growing pan-European intermodal network. Specifically tailored to meet the evolving requirements of customers, the facility will provide the greater operational flexibility and capacity required to reinforce resilience in crucial, time-sensitive supply chains."

"P&O Ferrymasters' ongoing development in Genk presents an ideal opportunity for prospective customers which need fast and reliable links to their markets.

International trade is changing fast as we emerge from the pandemic and port-centric logistics will benefit the large number of businesses looking to reconfigure their supply chains."

P&O is a leading pan-European ferry and logistics group at the heart of the Europe's economy and a part of DP World, the leading provider of smart logistics solutions and enabler of the flow of trade across the globe. P&O Ferries is a major provider of freight transport and passenger travel services, sailing on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium. Working closely with P&O Ferries, Its logistics business P&O Ferrymasters operates integrated road and rail links to countries across the continent including Italy, Poland, Germany, Spain and Romania, and facilitates the onward movement of goods to Europe from Asian countries via the Silk Road.

Vaccine Emirates Emirates SkyCargo is further strengthening its temperature sensitive pharma and vaccine handling capabilities in Dubai with the extension of its fully automated cool room with 94 airline pallet positions at its EU GDP certified dedicated pharma facility at Dubai International Airport.

The extended cool room will provide an additional 2600 square metres of temperature controlled environment (2-25 degrees Celsius) for the storage and handling of vaccines and other pharmaceuticals at Emirates SkyCargo’s purpose built GDP certified facility, reinforcing the carrier’s position as an industry leader for the air transportation of pharmaceuticals and providing additional capacity at its Dubai hub to meet the growing demand for transportation of COVID-19 vaccines. The new extension can hold an estimated 60-90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines at one time.

Emirates SkyCargo continues to play a leading role in the international distribution of COVID-19 vaccines having transported over 75 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on more than 250 flights to over 60 destinations since late 2020.

"Emirates SkyCargo is proud to have flown over 350 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines around the world, delivering much needed support to communities that are still heavily impacted by the current wave of the pandemic. However, we are always looking ahead and we anticipate that there will be an increase in demand to transport vaccines to developing nations during the second half of the year. Already, we have seen a ramping up of COVID-19 vaccine volumes that were transported over the last few weeks in line with increased manufacturing. We expect to reach the 100 million doses milestone well before the end of this month," said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.

"The last six months have been a valuable and mutual learning experience for Emirates SkyCargo and as well for pharmaceutical manufacturers and our logistics partners. We have been able to apply these learnings to make the process of vaccine transportation faster and more efficient, providing a valuable boost to the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine transportation, as well as for other temperature sensitive pharma products in the future" added Sultan.

Emirates SkyCargo was one of the first air cargo carriers to begin extensive preparations during the early stages of the pandemic for the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines. In October 2020, the carrier announced the setting up of a dedicated GDP certified airside hub in Dubai for transporting COVID-19 vaccines. The carrier has over 20,000 sq metres of EU GDP certified cool chain infrastructure for storing and handling COVID-19 vaccines in Dubai. Emirates SkyCargo also has more than 50 cool dollies dedicated for pharmaceuticals at its hub protecting temperature sensitive shipments such as vaccines during transit between the aircraft and the cargo terminal.

In January 2020, Emirates SkyCargo joined hands with DP World, International Humanitarian City and Dubai Airports to form the Dubai Vaccine Logistics Alliance aimed at rapidly transporting COVID-19 vaccines through Dubai to developing countries. This was shortly followed up in February 2020 with an MoU with UNICEF to expedite the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX initiative.

In addition to COVID-19 vaccines, Emirates SkyCargo has transported thousands of tonnes of other essential commodities such as PPE, pharmaceuticals and related supplies on its flights. The carrier recently set up a humanitarian airbridge initiative to transport urgent COVID-19 relief items to India. Under the initiative, the air cargo is offering any available cargo capacity on its flights from Dubai to nine destinations in India, free of charge for NGOs for transporting medical and relief items.

AbuDhabi Terminals ADT MOU signature 768x391Abu Dhabi Terminals, in the presence of His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, UAE Ministry of Artificial Intelligence (AI), has announced a partnership agreement with Microsoft that heralds the next phase in the digital transformation of Abu Dhabi’s flagship maritime asset, Khalifa Port.

The landmark partnership will enable enhanced container tracking and autonomous shuttle capabilities across Abu Dhabi Terminal’s Khalifa Port terminal through the deployment of Artificial Intelligence Services of Azure, Microsoft’s Cloud.

Abu Dhabi Terminals and Microsoft Cooperation enhance container tracking and autonomous shuttle capabilities via the Azure cloud.Abu Dhabi Terminals is the management company and operator of Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), the region’s first, and one of the world’s largest semi-automated deep-water container terminals. KPCT is also one of the most technically advanced facilities of its kind.

The technology, deployed in partnership with Microsoft Consulting Services, will fuel the introduction of AI-based container smart tracking solutions that will ensure 100 percent traceability of all handled containers, as well as the potential to launch an autonomous vehicle system.

Ralph Haupter, President, Microsoft EMEA said: “With its ongoing commitment to the adoption of new technologies, the UAE is reimagining the world of global shipping and logistics to ensure it is robust, resilient and future-ready. This collaboration ushers in a new era for autonomous vehicles in a terminal environment, and I’m excited to see Microsoft’s cloud, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things technologies contribute to its success.

I applaud the UAE’s bold and ambitious investments in digital infrastructure and technology, which is creating an excellent launchpad for this new, autonomous generation of vehicles. The local Microsoft Cloud Regions are ready to provide all of the computing power necessary to handle the complex data processing required and also scale these new technologies.”

Ahmed Al Mutawa, CEO, Abu Dhabi Terminals, said: “By driving innovation through the implementation of Artificial Intelligence and automation, Abu Dhabi Terminals is committed to modernising our port environment, while also dramatically reducing our carbon footprint, and costs, as well as turnaround times for those accessing Khalifa Port.

“We are confident that by improving operational efficiencies, we are encouraging economic growth and bolstering business continuity, while also providing UAE Nationals with new opportunities to pursue careers in the ever-growing field of Artificial Intelligence.

“The support of the UAE Ministry of AI and our partnerships with world-leading technology providers such as Microsoft Corporation, not only future proofs our nation’s maritime assets and infrastructure, but enables Abu Dhabi Terminals, and our shareholders at Abu Dhabi Ports, to reap tremendous long-term benefits as we continue this exciting digital transformation journey.”

Arturo Garcia, Chief Automation Officer, Abu Dhabi Terminals, said: “Abu Dhabi Terminals has constantly worked to improve operational efficiency in a manner not controlled by industry norms and conventions thanks to our firm commitment toward introducing and developing ground-breaking top-tier technologies. AI and Automation Technology are not widely used in the port industry, but we firmly believe in its potential and are convinced that our approach will not only benefit Abu Dhabi Terminals and the UAE, but will extend to the entire shipping industry, transforming the way business is done.”

maersk emission dashboard 1024x576 v1A.P. Moller - Maersk is further assisting its customers with decarbonising their supply chains with the launch of an Emissions Dashboard.

The Emissions Dashboard is an analytical data tool where customers are provided with carbon footprint measurements from their entire supply chain, giving a detailed emissions overview whether their products are transported via truck, train, plane, or vessel. With an emissions overview companies will be able to disclose emissions information to the public, covering all their container flows.

“As our customers trust Maersk with a wider part of their supply chains, they also expect from us that we assist their climate actions through sustainable end-to-end offerings. An increasing share of our customers are setting ambitious sustainability goals, making emissions visibility critical in order to document performance towards these targets. The Emissions Dashboard will ensure full visibility for our customers to leverage on their journeys towards decarbonised supply chains,” explains Vincent Clerc, CEO of Ocean & Logistics, A.P. Moller - Maersk.

An increasing share of our customers are setting ambitious sustainability goals, making emissions visibility critical in order to document performance towards these targets. The Emissions Dashboard will ensure full visibility for our customers to leverage on their journeys towards decarbonised supply chains.

Designed as a one-stop-shop The Emissions Dashboard conforms to the GLEC* methodology to calculate emissions and it handles emissions data from all carriers involved in the end-to-end supply chain – not only emissions data from Maersk.

The analytics provides customers with the opportunity to get a detailed overview of their opportunities to lower emissions from the transport of their products. At the same time the data creates a solid basis for logistics emissions reporting which can be used in corporate sustainability reports.

Around half of Maersk’s 200 largest customers have set – or are in the process of setting – ambitious science-based or zero carbon targets for their supply chains.

The Emissions Dashboard has been tested by 10 key customers of Maersk who have provided valuable and positive feedback. Among these are leading science-based agricultural technology company Syngenta.

“Maersk and Syngenta have a joint vision to significantly reduce our carbon footprint for transport and logistics. We know that to succeed, we will need high-quality emissions data. The clear visuals and insights provided by the Emissions Dashboard offer an accurate picture of our emissions, guide our decision-making, and help us identify the most impactful changes we can make. Our collaboration with Maersk moves us towards a more sustainable future,” says Ai May Ong, Global Logistics Capacity Manager, Syngenta.
The Emissions Dashboard is part of Maersk’s commitment to global sustainability – a commitment that is shared with an ever-increasing number of customers, consumers and investors alike.

The Emissions Dashboard is now available to all larger Maersk customers.

* GLEC: Global Logistics Emissions Council– a globally recognized methodology for emissions calculations. The Emissions Dashboard uses software from EcoTransIT World, who is accredited by Smart Freight Centre for conformance to the GLEC standard.

DHL SAFDHL Global Forwarding will fund the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) via United Airlines, recognizing the key role of SAF in decarbonizing the airfreight cargo industry.

As part of the Eco-Skies Alliance program, the logistics expert is one of the program participants that will contribute towards SAF purchases of 3.4 million gallons (12.87m liters) this year to reduce emissions. The SAF is blended proportionally to regular aviation fuel for United Airlines flights. The higher the share of the SAF in total, the lower the carbon emissions. In this way, true carbon reduction is achieved. The benefits of this are allocated by DHL to the customers, helping them to reduce their carbon footprint.

"We are very proud to take another step on our sustainability roadmap towards zero emissions. Through this partnership we will be able to show how a market mechanism for SAF can help airlines, freight forwarders, and shippers work together to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, ultimately zero carbon emissions transport sector," says Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight.

To help scale up the usage of SAF, DHL will utilize a 'book and claim' mechanism for the corresponding carbon life cycle reductions. Such a mechanism removes the requirement for physical traceability of the fuel through a supply chain via the sale and purchase of certificates or credits. While creating critical mass of certified SAF, it also provides market access to all within the industry, regardless of their location or size. A common example of an existing book and claim system are renewable energy certificates (REC) for green electricity. DHL Global Forwarding is currently piloting the 'book and claim' mechanism with select customers and will make it available to all customers later this year.

"Clean Skies for Tomorrow's (CST's) Demand Signal group has developed the SAF certificate concept as a workable solution. The 'book and claim' mechanism is an essential element of SAF certificates. We need frontrunners like Demand Signal group participants United Airlines and DHL Global Forwarding to put concepts into practice so that it can be validated and turned into a formal standard," stated Christoph Wolff, Head of Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum.

With the newly formed Eco-Skies Alliance program, United Airlines aims to power future flying in a more sustainable way. The first of its kind program involves leading global corporations, who with United will purchase the emissions reductions from 3.4 million gallons of SAF in 2021. Together, the participating companies can eliminate approximately 31,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis, compared to the use of conventional jet fuel.

"Reducing our emissions from fuel use is critically important and when companies as large as DHL recognize the value in switching to SAF, we're another step closer to establishing SAF as a long-term, permanent solution for aviation," said Jan Krems, President of United Cargo. "The Eco-Skies Alliance is an opportunity for us to collaborate with like-minded corporate and cargo customers, like DHL, who are leaning into the climate discussion and actively finding ways to leverage their relationships to decarbonize their aviation-related impact on the environment."

Participating in the Eco-Skies Alliance program is one pillar of DHL Global Forwarding's insetting strategy, which aims to reduce and neutralize the emissions where they are emitted. The purchased amount of SAF is to be used within this year and represents a starting point in the SAF uplift at DHL Global Forwarding. A key criterion in evaluating the suitability of a fuel alternative is that the fuels are produced sustainably and do not compete with other needs, for example with food production for land use. Following strict sustainability standards, the waste-based biofuels must meet the requirements to qualify as the cleanest biofuels currently available on the market.

As part of its sustainability roadmap and Mission 2050, Deutsche Post DHL Group has made a commitment towards a Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) and will invest €7 billion through 2030 in clean operations to reduce its emissions to under 29 million tons. One of the key targets is the aspiration of becoming the leader in sustainable aviation. To achieve this target, Deutsche Post DHL Group will increase the blend of SAF in its operations to >30 percent by 2030. The GoGreen carrier evaluation program from DHL Global Forwarding allows to give preference to carriers with strong environmental performance. United Airlines is one of DHL Global Forwarding's key carriers. The airline has been in the top three of the GoGreen Carrier Evaluation for many years, and like Deutsche Post DHL Group, United Airlines is an active member in World Economic Forum's 'Clean Skies for Tomorrow' initiative. Both companies have been working jointly on sustainability initiatives since 2016.

By 2050, Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero. Important milestones on this journey have already been achieved: Compared to 2007, the Group's CO2 efficiency has improved by 35 percent.

Klog.co TradeLens KLog.co, a digital-first freight forwarder, has joined TradeLens, a blockchain-enabled container logistics platform, jointly developed by A.P. Moller - Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) and IBM (NYSE: IBM).

KLog, known as an innovator in the Latin American market, aims to help democratize trade in the region, a goal enhanced by participation in TradeLens.

KLog’s digital platform provides timely end-to-end supply chain visibility and secured sharing of digital shipping documents, which will be complemented by the global scope of TradeLens and integration of additional data to enhance their digital tool kit. The timely data captuklogre via APIs directly from TradeLens will help improve efficiency, decrease operational costs and advance KLog’s goal of opening up international trade to all companies in the region, no matter the size of the business.

“KLog are pioneers in developing integrations with important players in the logistics industry, collaborating to digitalize trade to benefit our customers. We are excited to join with TradeLens and its shared goal of democratizing trade for all. Our logistics platform aims to be intuitive and simple, centralizing and ordering information, tracking shipments, incorporating alerts to avoid extra costs and creating the ability to automate workflows. Enhanced by global supply chain data sourced in near real time from TradeLens, we will be able to amplify our supply chain analytics for customers and continue to offer tools to efficiently manage international trade.” Janan Knust, Founder & CEO of KLog.co

Data enhancements planned for integration include data ‘direct from the source’ that will improve KLog’s own AI and predictive ETAs. Additionally, updates to the transportation plans, published directly by the ocean carriers to the TradeLens platform, can be consumed in near real time by KLog’s customers. Changes to Transport Plans are an essential data set allowing freight forwarders the ability to review routings and determine appropriate contingencies, if required, for their clients. To be proactive, changes need to be captured as soon as possible.

Janan Kunst elaborated, “Real-time insight into logistics data is critical. It’s no use if an update comes through days or even hours after an event has occurred, especially when we consider clients expectations for speed of information and desire for knowing where their cargo is at all times”.

“Integrating with digital first companies like KLog is validation that TradeLens is spurring innovation in the maritime industry. Combine this with a Latin American ecosystem that has developed substantially since TradeLens was launched, and you have an environment where companies can simplify their international trade experience with increased transparency and access to data through strong local partners.”- Mike White, CEO of GTD Solution Inc., and Head of TradeLens.

TradeLens is already directly integrated with 5 ocean terminals and 4 inland depots in Chile, plus an additional 23 terminals, 10 inland depots within Latin America. Trucking integration has also started with coverage in four countries in the region. A single API integration with TradeLens allows freight forwarders and beneficial cargo owners to access end-to-end supply chain data, leading to improved planning, data analysis and ultimately better customer service.

KLog’s rapid growth continues within the Latin American region. They recently opened an office in Peru (link) and have plans for offices in Bolivia, Colombia, Uruguay and Mexico. Building off a strong digital platform and using a digital first approach has allowed continued expansion to move ahead rapidly and confirm KLog as a regional leader in the digital logistics space.

Enabling freight forwarders with data direct from the source to enhance their own offering to their clients and close data gaps is a key TradeLens priority. Launched in 2018, the TradeLens ecosystem now includes more than 300 organizations – extending to more than 10 ocean carriers and encompassing data from more than 600 ports and terminals. Already it has tracked 35 million container shipments, 2 billion events and roughly 16 million published documents.


DP World West AfricaDP World operated International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) at Cochin recently added a new weekly Far East West Africa India Express service (FEW3) operated by Maersk Line.

The new service with a fixed-weekly sailing will deploy 13 vessels of 4,500 to 5,500 TEUs capacity.

The new service offers direct connectivity from West Africa to Cochin Port and from Cochin Port to Far East Ports. The service started with the maiden call of vessel M.V. KMARIN AZUR on 7th May 2021. Inclusion of this service will boost Cashew, Raw Cotton and Timber trade from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. With this new service customers can connect their cargo directly from Cochin to global markets instead of transhipping at Colombo Port thereby, providing overall cost advantage by reducing the transit time by 7-10 days.

The terminal has registered remarkable 48% YTD volume growth, surpassing overall South India growth of 23% for the same period. This has led to increase in Cochin Port ranking to number 2 among all South Indian Terminals. The Terminal achieved this growth by enhancing direct vessel connections and strengthening rail connectivity to hinterland markets. ICTT caters to large number of customers across vast hinterland including Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem, Erode, Mysore located in states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The Terminal has witnessed 38% YTD growth in cargo coming from these states. ICTT also offers excellent rail connectivity to Bangalore thereby supporting customers to connect cargo directly to mainline vessels at shorter transit time. The terminal continues to be highly efficient and productive with an average Gross Crane Rate (GCR) of 30+ moves per hour, which is at par with global standards.

Praveen Joseph, CEO, DP World Port Terminal Cochin, said “Our emphasis continues on improving direct connections and providing our customers with reliable, faster and cost-effective options to ship out of Cochin Port. The new Service will immensely boost Cashew, Raw Cotton and Timber trade from Kerala, Tamil Nadu & nearby regions by providing direct connectivity to key global markets.

At DP World, it is our constant endeavour to deliver the best services to our partners in the supply chain with highest levels of efficiency. We are extremely pleased to be chosen by our customers, and this further reinforces their confidence in our capabilities to add value to trade.”

DP World is committed to help communities across India in the fight against Coronavirus. ICTT has been facilitating a swift handing of critical oxygen shipments for the state of Kerala. The terminal has moved key rail consignments carrying over 260 MT of Oxygen recently. It has also handled over 1000 oxygen cylinders which arrived by ship for distribution across Kerala.

Qatar Phuket Qatar Airways marks a significant milestone in the rebound of international leisure travel with the resumption of four weekly flights to the famed holiday destination of Phuket, Thailand, starting 1 July.

In addition to its 12 weekly Bangkok flights, the airline will operate a total of 16 weekly flights to Thailand, providing seamless connectivity for its passengers travelling from Europe, the Middle East and United States.

As Thailand reopens to holidaymakers from around the world, fully vaccinated travellers will soon be able to visit once again whilst also enjoying the award-winning hospitality and service available on Qatar Airways and at its hub, Hamad International Airport, the first and only 5-Star COVID-19 Safety Rated Airport in the Middle East.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker said: “With the resumption of flights to Phuket, Qatar Airways marks a significant milestone in the recovery of international tourism. We are proud to have lead the industry, setting the benchmark for safety, innovation and customer service throughout the pandemic.

“We know many of our customers are eager to get back flying and return to some of their favourite holiday destinations, such as Phuket. Famed for its many exotic beaches, family friendly atmosphere, turquoise waters and delicious local cuisine, Phuket is an ideal destination for a summer getaway. We look forward to working with our partners in Thailand to support the recovery of their tourism sector.”

Launched in 2010, Phuket became Qatar Airways’ 93rd destination at the time. The resort destination is a magnet for holidaymakers, particularly from Europe, the Middle East and United States. The route will be served by the airline’s modern and sustainable Boeing 787 Dreamliner with seating for 22 passengers in Business Class and 232 in Economy Class.

As travellers return to the skies with Qatar Airways, they can take comfort knowing that they are travelling with the only airline in the world that has, together with its state-of-the-art global hub Hamad International Airport, achieved four 5-Star Skytrax ratings – including the prestigious 5-Star Airline Rating, 5-Star Airport Rating, 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating and 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These achievements highlight Qatar Airways’ commitment to providing its passengers with an industry-leading experience at every point of their journey, including the highest possible level of health and safety standards that safeguard the wellbeing of its passengers both on the ground and in the air.

Phuket schedule starting 1 July: Doha (DOH) to Phuket (HKT) QR 840 departs 02:55 arrives 13:30 (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday); Phuket (HKT) to Doha (DOH) QR 841 departs 02:30 arrives 05:30 (Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday).

FedEx CaresFedEx Cares, FedEx Corp.’s global community engagement program, announced today that 12 nonprofits will each receive a $50,000 USD grant in recognition of their work in advancing sustainable solutions to improve the environment.

As part of the Priority Earth Global Grant Program, FedEx team members reviewed a list of remarkable nonprofit organizations around the globe. Close to 3,000 employees participated, helping to select the two nonprofits from each of the six regions that will be awarded a $50,000 grant.

In total, FedEx is donating $600,000 toward sustainable solutions across these notable nonprofits: United States; Living Lands & Waters and Ocean Conservancy. Canada; The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, WWF – Canada. Europe; Rewilding Europe and The Ocean Cleanup. Latin America-Caribbean; Pronatura and SOS Mata Atlantica. Middle East, India, and South Africa; Solar Sister and United Way Mumbai. Asia Pacific; Arbor Day Foundation (APAC) and Gawad Kalinga.

“Our planet needs new solutions, innovation and technology to build a sustainable future,” said Mitch Jackson, Chief Sustainability Officer, FedEx Corporation. “This global grant program is an extension of our ongoing commitment to investing in NGOs making the world move more sustainably. Each of them are driving real change by developing sustainable solutions that will benefit the environment and our Earth – the address we all share.”

This Priority Earth Global Grant Program aligns with ongoing collaborations between FedEx and organizations that are leading the development of innovative solutions to address climate change, such as the Rocky Mountain Institute and World Resources Institute. It also builds on the company’s monetary pledge to Yale University to help establish the Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture.

Bechtel Nacero Nacero has awarded Bechtel the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract for the first natural gas-to-gasoline manufacturing facility in the United States.

Nacero's 115,000 barrel per day plant in Penwell, Texas, near Odessa in the heart of the Permian basin, will be the first gasoline manufacturing plant in the world to incorporate carbon capture, sequestration, and 100% renewable power.

The use of renewable natural gas and mitigated flare gas will make it possible to reduce the lifecycle footprint or Nacero's cost-competitive, zero sulfur gasoline to zero over time. Nacero's products will be sold to retailers in Texas and the Southwest, and through Nacero-branded outlets.

"We are thrilled to partner with Bechtel for our flagship facility in Penwell. Bechtel's experience with large-scale projects and commitment to excellence is second to none," said Jay McKenna, Nacero's President and CEO. "For America to achieve its domestic energy and climate change mitigation goals we need big vision and laser-focused execution. Bechtel is center stage in helping us get there."

"We are delighted by this opportunity to support Nacero's pioneering approach to delivering lower carbon fuel with our record of large-scale project success," said Paul Marsden, President, Bechtel Energy. "This project is truly a game-changer. It will give everyday American drivers a chance to participate in the energy transition and will be a model for the kind of environmental improvement America is looking to bring about."

On completion of the FEED, Bechtel will deliver a lump sum, turnkey EPC price proposal. Bechtel will employ its range of sustainable design and execution tools to bring about carbon reduction in the supply chain and reduce the carbon footprint of the project during construction. Bechtel and Nacero have a shared commitment to best in class environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices.

Nacero's Penwell project is one of the largest energy transition infrastructure opportunities in the United States. The project is expected to employ 3,500 skilled construction workers on site at peak during the four years first phase construction. The second phase of construction will take an additional two years and bring plant capacity to 115,000 barrels per day. When fully operational, the plant will employ 350 full-time operators and maintenance personnel. The University of Texas has estimated that the Penwell facility will add more than $25 billion to the economoy of the Odessa region during its 50+ year operating life.

Messe MunchenTrade fairs and events will once again be possible in the Bavaria no later than September 1, 2021. The Bavarian State Government gave this positive signal in their cabinet meeting on May 18, 2021.

The main requirement for the resumption of trade fairs will be the continued positive development of COVID-19 infection rates. With this, the way is also clear politically for upcoming in-person events such as IAA MOBILITY and EXPO REAL. For test purposes the TrendSet symposium will take place as a pilot project on the Munich trade fair grounds from July 10 to 12. An elaborate infection-prevention and hygiene concept will be tested as part of the fair.

Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO of Messe München, was relieved at this positive signal from the state chancellery: “This decision now gives us and our customers the necessary planning security for the upcoming fall events. With our safety and hygiene concept, we are already ideally prepared for trade fairs such as IAA MOBILITY, OutDoor by ISPO, EXPO REAL and productronica. We are also very encouraged by the lifting of travel restrictions and the rising rate of immunizations. The decision is also an important signal for the business community in the region. The trade-fair industry is one of the leading economic engines of Munich and Upper Bavaria.”

The State Government is currently working on a framework for hygiene and safety provisions for trade fairs and events in Bavaria. This is to be tested at a pilot project in July. The state chancellery has chosen TrendSet in Munich for this purpose. The symposium for interior and lifestyle will take place from July 10 to 12 at the grounds of Messe München and had already successfully completed an event within the framework of the prescribed safety measures in fall 2020.

In recent months, the safety and hygiene concept implemented at that time has been adapted and expanded by Messe München in accordance with current developments.

Among other things, the concept comprises specifications and regulations with regard to the social distancing of the participants, the ventilation of the exhibition halls, the wearing of FFP2 masks, as well as hygiene provisions on site and the traceability of all participants.

As soon as the latest framework for hygiene and safety provisions at trade fairs and events from the Bavarian State Government is available, Messe München will make further adjustments.

The “VCR” concept is to take on a decisive role in this context. This stipulates that, in order to be admitted, all participants at the pilot project and all upcoming events must meet the following criteria: vaccinated, checked or recovered. For this purpose, in addition to decentralized tests, Messe München is planning its own test capacities in order to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

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