MSC expands carbon neutral programme

MSC expands carbon neutral programme
MSC’s programme facilitates emissions reduction from ships. Image courtesy of MSC.

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has extended its MSC Carbon Neutral Programme to clients worldwide following successful roll out of the initiative to selected countries last year.  

Partnering with global climate solutions provider South Pole, the programme was developed in 2019 to improve sustainability and reduce emissions throughout the MSC fleet. The programme allows shipping companies and forwarders to compensate the emissions from the transport of their cargo by financially contributing to one of the selected projects that reduce emissions. Companies can decide to offset all cargo shipments processed by MSC or only a few. The MSC team of experts help calculate the emissions generated by the volume of cargo moved. South Pole then provides a “Verified Carbon Units Certificate of Retirement” delivered by VCS Registry and a climate action certificate attesting the amount of CO2 compensated by investing in this programme.

“In addition to running the biggest fleet investment programme in the industry, MSC has ensured that customers have an option to compensate CO2 emissions through the global MSC Carbon Neutral Programme. We have partnered with South Pole, a leading, certified third party to extend the MSC Carbon Neutral Programme and help bridge the gap between shipping today and the zero-carbon future we all aspire to,” said Claudio Bozzo, chief operating officer, MSC.

“We congratulate MSC on this important effort to further green their fleet and for facilitating their customers to be more climate-friendly. Transformational change won’t happen overnight, but each step we take along a shared, ambitious climate journey is bringing us closer to where we need to be,” said Renat Heuberger, CEO of South Pole.

“MSC clients are given the opportunity to contribute to projects that not only mitigate global CO2 emissions, but also improve lives on the ground in communities in China and Zimbabwe – from the development of cleaner energy and to combating poverty, improving skills and ensuring food security,” said Natalia Gorina, commercial director at South Pole.