Pacific International Lines, DP World to jointly develop green solutions for global supply chains
Pacific International Lines announced Dec. 6 that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with DP World to jointly develop green solutions to decarbonize global supply chains.
The agreement pairs DP World, which handles around 10 percent of the world’s container trade, and PIL, a leading Singapore-based shipping company.
By leveraging each other’s strengths and expertise, the companies can help to accelerate progress towards their common target of net-zero greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions.
The MOU was signed by PIL CEO Lars Kastrup and Tiemen Meester, DP World’s group chief operating officer for ports and terminals, at COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
According to PIL, the signing at COP28 conveyed the parties’ commitment to combating climate change and the collective goal of achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 or earlier.
In the near term, both parties will collaborate on trial shipments between Jebel Ali Port in Dubai and destinations within PIL’s network, with initiatives to reduce the shipments’ GHG footprint.
This will include shipments on PIL’s vessels powered by a biofuel blend, biofuel bunkering, and deploying container-handling equipment at terminals that run on renewable energy to handle the shipments.
Over the longer term, the companies will explore expanding this partnership to include other ports within DP World’s global network, and using other alternative fuels, such as e-LNG, green methanol or green ammonia in PIL’s vessel operations and bunkering.
“Supply-chain resilience and sustainability is the bedrock of global-trade growth,” Kastrup said. “With the renewed commitment by the International Maritime Organization this year to take a significant step forward to decarbonize the shipping industry, we at PIL are responding actively to IMO’s call and working to invest in and implement green solutions to achieve our target of achieving net zero by 2050. In this regard, we are pleased to have DP World joining us on our sustainability journey. Capitalizing on the combined strengths of our two organizations, we can both augment our sustainability efforts as we codevelop solutions to decarbonize our supply chains.”
Meester added, “Decarbonization is the single biggest concern for DP World outside the constraints and the physical movement of goods. So, we are transforming our business, and the impact global trade has on the climate. We have already committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2040 and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. But we must explore partnerships with companies that share our ambitions and technology to be deployed right now for quicker results.”