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Parcel deliveries free from local emissions: DPD Germany now using cargo bikes in Leipzig

International parcel and express service provider DPD Germany is now making deliveries to parts of Leipzig city centre with Rytle MovR cargo bikes.



Parcel deliveries free from local emissions: DPD Germany now using cargo bikes in Leipzig
Parcel deliveries free from local emissions: DPD Germany now using cargo bikes in Leipzig. Image: DPDgroup

International parcel and express service provider DPD Germany is now making deliveries to parts of Leipzig city centre with Rytle MovR cargo bikes. The company has stationed three of these e-bikes locally, which means that for the residents of the Gohlis district parcel deliveries are now locally free from emissions.

DPD has also rented a parking area in a centrally located multi-storey car park. This serves as a parking space for the cargo bikes and at the same time acts as a micro-depot. Parcels for the Gohlis district are delivered to the micro-depot in the morning and then distributed locally in an environmentally friendly manner.

The fact that the Gohlis district in particular was selected for the project is mainly due to the delivery structure within the area: “In this district we deliver mainly to private consignees. As a result there are many individual stops with small parcels,” explains Gerd Seber, Group Manager City Logistics & Sustainability at DPD Germany.

It is precisely in such areas that delivery with electrically assisted bicycles is an ideal option. On the one hand they are approved for cycle paths and can thus be manoeuvred more flexibly through daily rush hour traffic.

On the other, thanks to the compact dimensions of the bike, delivery staff can easily find parking spaces in front of the homes of consignees without getting in the way of pedestrians or obstructing traffic.

Agile and flexible: the MovR model offers advantages for inner-city deliveries

In Leipzig DPD is for the first time using the Rytle MovR cargo bike. It offers decisive advantages for parcel delivery in city centres. For example, the bicycle is designed in such a way that it remains manoeuvrable even when fully loaded. The built-in electric motor assists the rider when pedalling and allows the bike to reach speeds of up to 25 km/h.

At the same time the parcels are stored in interchangeable boxes. These are loaded with parcels at the central micro-depot in the morning. The boxes are then fastened onto the bicycles. Once all the parcels have been delivered the bike can be returned to the micro-depot and the empty box can be replaced with a full one.

This saves time because in contrast to the MovR, many cargo bike models have a permanently installed transport box and the parcels first have to be loaded into this box before each delivery tour. In Leipzig DPD has 9 interchangeable boxes available for the 3 MovR bicycles.

Cargo bikes: the DPD fleet is growing steadily

DPD has already located cargo bikes in a number of German cities. This involves first testing whether the targeted use of environmentally friendly electric bicycles in suitable areas can increase the efficiency of parcel delivery.

The international parcel and express service provider has recently initiated a new project in Constance, in which a so-called swap body serves as a storage location for the cargo bikes and at the same time as a transshipment point for parcels.

There are also cargo bike projects such as the micro-depot location in Berlin, which is used jointly with other parcel services, as well as parcel deliveries by e-bike in Heilbronn and Nuremberg. DPD currently has a total of around 30 cargo bikes and TRIPL scooters located throughout Germany.

Carbon-neutral parcel shipping for everyone – at no extra cost to the customer

As part of its group-wide sustainability programme DrivingChange™ DPDgroup committed itself as early as 2012 to transporting every parcel for all shippers in a carbon-neutral manner – at no additional cost to customers.

To achieve this, DPDgroup relies on a combination of 3 interrelated principles: measuring, reducing and offsetting. DPDgroup is the global leader in the voluntary offsetting of emissions which are harmful to the climate.

Last year DPDgroup offseted almost one million tonnes of CO2 equivalents. This means that DPDgroup is responsible for almost 3 percent of all voluntarily offset CO2 emissions in Europe. At the same time, CO2 emissions per parcel are continuously being reduced.

Parcel deliveries free from local emissions: DPD Germany now using cargo bikes in Leipzig. Image: dpdgroup

Parcel deliveries free from local emissions: DPD Germany now using cargo bikes in Leipzig. Image: DPDgroup


World’s first zero-emission top handles performing well at Port of Los Angeles



World's first zero-emission top handles performing well at Port of Los Angeles. Image: Port of Los Angeles
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The world’s first zero-emissions top handlers, unveiled last fall as part of a pre-commercial demonstration project at the Port of Los Angeles, are now being used in daily operations at the Everport Container Terminal.

“We are pleased with performance results that we are receiving from drivers, mechanics and Everport management as the equipment is tested daily in real-world conditions,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.  “We are doing everything possible to advance commercially feasible solutions to meet our goal of transitioning all cargo-handling equipment to zero emissions by 2030.”

The two battery-electric top handlers were designed and built in the U.S. by Taylor Machine Works, Inc. a leading heavy-duty equipment manufacturer and the largest supplier of top handlers in service at the Port. Also known as top picks, top handlers are off-road vehicles with an overhead boom for loading containers weighing up to 100,000 pounds onto trucks and trains, unloading them, and stacking them on terminals between pickups and deliveries.

The top handlers run on a one-megawatt battery designed to operate for up to 18 hours between charges. Each top handler has a data logger for tracking hours of operation, charging frequency, energy usage and other performance indicators. Additionally, drivers and mechanics are providing input on the maneuverability, noise level and safety of the equipment.

The battery-electric top handlers are a key component of the Port’s $7.7 million Everport Advanced Cargo-Handling Demonstration Project. The California Energy Commission is supporting the large-scale zero-emissions technology project with a $4.5 million sustainability grant.

The Everport demonstration is one of 16 projects in which the Port is either the lead agency or a participant working with multiple partners to test near-zero emissions and zero-emissions engines, emissions control technology, and alternative fueling and charging stations. In addition to the battery-electric top handlers, the projects include testing ultra-low NOx renewable natural gas equipment and fully battery-electric fuel cell heavy-duty trucks; battery-electric forklifts, yard tractors, and rubber-tired gantry cranes; and emissions control equipment on large ships and harbor craft.

Eliminating tailpipe emissions from cargo-handling equipment is essential to achieving the Port’s larger goal of reducing greenhouse gases from all port-related sources. Port targets call for reducing GHGs 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

The Port of Los Angeles remains open with all terminals operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $276 billion in trade during 2019. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs in the five-county Southern California region.


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Evergreen joins the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative



Evergreen joins the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative. Image: Wikimedia/ Alpsdake
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Evergreen Marine Corporation (Taiwan) Ltd. has become a signatory to the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative in order to share its aged vessels’ green recycling policy. The move is part of Evergreen’s avowed commitment to plan a completely sustainable life cycle for its vessels from design, construction, operation and ultimately to decommissioning.

The SRTI, hosted by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, is an online platform via which members report information on their ship recycling policies and activities against a set of predefined disclosure criteria.

In the interest of transparency, Evergreen and other participating shipowners can share their approach to this critical component of environmental and socially responsible ship operations. Cargo owners and financial stakeholders, in turn will have access to this information in order to make their own informed decisions.

In announcing its decision to join SRTI, Evergreen said “We have had a long-standing commitment to ‘Clean Oceans’. Embodied in this goal is a mission to ensure responsible and sustainable operations wherever they touch the environment, whether at sea or on land, and to care for the people we employ and the communities we serve.”

When planning its current fleet renewal strategy therefore, Evergreen not only requires strict recycling standards for those vessels being disposed of, but also incorporates state-of-the-art design into its newbuildings so as to minimize the impact of container shipping operations both on marine life, on port communities and on humanity worldwide.

In this regard Evergreen invests in measures that go beyond environmental regulations, for instance, the new 12,000-TEU class F-type vessels, of which the 1st in the series is already in service network since March of this year, are equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction reactor system.

Such technology ensures that the vessels meet MARPOL nitrogen oxide emission Tier III standards, which is above the current Tier II requirements. In addition, Evergreen voluntarily ensure that all newbuildings and the ships already in service, no matter on which service trade they will be deployed, will be provided an Inventory of Hazardous Materials Part 1 for Class approval and SoC for certification.

Such consideration of the environmental impact of a vessel’s operation throughout its life-cycle is the driving force behind the latest SRTI move. “When a vessel is decommissioned and recycling is planned, not only can valuable and reusable resources be recovered but potentially dangerous waste and pollutants must be processed properly.” Evergreen goes on to say. “Recycling operations with the highest standards of safety available must be utilized. “We are therefore pleased to share our recycling policies by joining SRTI and helping lead a growing industry initiative to demand more responsible ship recycling in the future.”

In a statement welcoming Evergreen, Andrew Stephens, Executive Director of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative said, “Evergreen Marine joins a growing SRTI family that includes like-minded shipowners who are holding themselves to account before key stakeholders, including clients, investors and the wider public. This includes an increasingly diverse range of stakeholders engaging on the topics of data and transparency, circularity, and the role of financial stakeholders in sustainable and responsible ship recycling in the absence of global regulation.”

True to both its name and the corporate philosophy established by group founder and chairman Dr. Y.F. Chang, Evergreen recognizes its ecological obligations and will continue to maintain the best possible care in sustaining an ‘ever green’ global environment.

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Ship recycling in Bangladesh leaps forward with third phase of key project signed



Ship recycling in Bangladesh leaps forward with third phase of key project signed. IMO
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The third phase of an IMO-implemented project to enhance safe and environmentally sound ship recycling in Bangladesh has been given the go-ahead, with Norway committing approximately US$1.5 million (14 million Norwegian Kroner) to support improved ship recycling in Bangladesh.

The agreement between IMO and the Government of Norway to support Phase III of the project on Safe and Environmentally Sound Ship Recycling in Bangladesh (SENSREC) was signed on 24 July 2020. This will pave the way for Bangladesh to move forward on its path towards becoming a party to the IMO Hong Kong Convention, the treaty that will set global standards for safe and environmentally-sound ship recycling.

The Agreement follows the successful implementation of Phase I (2015-17) and Phase II (2018 – 2020) of the SENSREC Project, both mainly funded by Norway. With the additional funding, Phase III of the project will be implemented over 18 months, starting from November 2020.

SENSREC Phase III will focus on improving ship recycling standards in compliance with the Hong Kong Convention and enhancing capacity building for the Government of Bangladesh on legislation and knowledge management. Specific technical assistance will be provided to the Government of Bangladesh to establish a facility for treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous wastes. There will also be a focus on evaluating the impact of Covid-19 on the ship recycling industry in Bangladesh.

The Ambassador of Norway to Bangladesh, Ms Sidsel Bleken, said that the SENSREC Project had already achieved significant progress, thanks to the commitment of the Government authorities as well as the ship-recycling industry of Bangladesh.

“Norway is pleased to extend its support to Bangladesh and our thanks go to IMO for their important role in this Project. Through IMO, we will continue to support the authorities, the industry, and other stakeholders in strengthening their efforts to develop Bangladesh’s ship-recycling industry and the country’s economy. We hope to see more yards complying with the requirements of the Hong Kong Convention, so that Bangladesh can be ready to accede to the Convention in the soonest possible time,” Her Excellency Ms Bleken said.

The Agreement was signed by the Her Excellency Ms. Bleken and IMO Secretary-General Mr. Kitack Lim.

Thanking the Government of Norway for their generous contribution, Mr. Lim said, “The continuation of this project will greatly enhance national capacities for Bangladesh for safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships. The success of this Phase III of the project will be seen in the crucial technical assistance role that will support the goals of Bangladesh to establish a facility for treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous wastes and ultimately support its aim to accede to the Hong Kong Convention.”

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