Kuehne + Nagel (K+N) joins the Development and Climate Alliance as a first mover in the logistics industry. With the aim of simultaneously promoting development and environmental protection, the alliance recognises, links and promotes the commitment of the private sector.
The Alliance is backed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and was launched in 2018 by the German Federal Ministry in cooperation with the Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing and the German Society for International Cooperation.
“Climate change has long been the question of human survival,” German Federal Minister Gerd Müller says. “The industrialised countries in particular have a special responsibility. It is not only politics that is called upon to act, but also the private sector. With the Development and Climate Alliance, we have created a platform for this.
“I am very pleased that Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading logistics providers, has decided to join the alliance. This is a major step and shows that environmental protection and entrepreneurial action go hand in hand,” Müller adds.
K+N is joining the alliance as part of its Net Zero Carbon programme launched in September 2019. Direct K+N CO2 emissions that cannot be avoided will be fully compensated as of 2020. In addition, K+N has decided to proactively address the CO2 footprint of the transportation services performed by its suppliers – airlines, shipping lines and haulage companies – by 2030.
The Net Zero Carbon programme leverages three fields of action: Detection, reduction and compensation of CO2. K+N is investing in various nature-based CO2 compensation projects, where carbon is being taken from the atmosphere. These voluntary compensation measures are in line with the 17 goals of the United Nations for Sustainable Development (SDGs).