Kuehne + Nagel has announced they have joined the Development and Climate Alliance, one of the first in the logistics industry. The Alliance was launched in 2018 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in cooperation with the Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing and the German Society for International Cooperation. With the aim of simultaneously promoting development and environmental protection, the alliance recognizes, links and promotes the commitment of the private sector.

German Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller states: “Climate change has long been the question of human survival. The industrialized 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.”

Kuehne + Nagel is joining the alliance as part of its Net Zero Carbon program launched in September 2019. Direct Kuehne + Nagel CO2 emissions that cannot be avoided will be fully compensated as of 2020. In addition, Kuehne + Nagel 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 program leverages three fields of action: detection, reduction and compensation of CO2. Kuehne + Nagel 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).

Otto Schacht, Member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Seafreight, comments: “With its Net Zero Carbon program, Kuehne + Nagel acknowledges – as a first mover in the logistics industry – the responsibility it has for the environment, for the ecosystem and essentially for the people. By joining the Development and Climate Alliance, we support the goals of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. As a globally operating company, we are convinced that the private sector must also make its contribution to environmental protection.”