Whether you believe that climate change is the result of carbon emissions, we can all agree that environmental pollution harms all of us. At Meelunie we are committed to transitioning to renewable energy and adopting low or zero-emission solutions and processes. Now that we realised our ambition to become carbon neutral which covers our own business operations, our next step is to take increasing responsibility in our value chain by partnering and participating with organizations that share the same ambition: a net zero world.
As of 2021, the business operations of Meelunie are carbon neutral! A major milestone that we have been working towards with our international offices and Meelunie Positive Impact team. As Gandhi said, “If you want to change the world, start with yourself”. That’s exactly what we have done. To structure and measure our sustainability initiatives, we developed a continuous improvement cycle with five stages: measuring, developing, reducing, compensating and communicating. It is actively used for our journey to carbon neutrality, and we will continue to use it to ensure we remain carbon neutral.
FairClimateFund helps us in our mission to stay a carbon-neutral organisation and guides us in our journey to take more climate action. We partnered in 2019, to support underprivileged families with cleaner cookstoves in, for example, India and Cambodia. This leads to less smoke formation, protects biodiversity, supports local forests and reduce carbon emissions. These projects are Gold Standard and partly Fairtrade certified.
GoodShipping helps us to decarbonise our value chains by replacing fossil fuels with sustainable alternatives. This is called insetting, reducing emissions inside the same industry. We do this to take climate action within our sea freight operations which is a substantial source of our supply chain emissions. Therefore, we joined forces in 2019 to reduce emissions on our Rotterdam to Hong Kong trade lane. Later, we focused on our Rotterdam to Shanghai trade lane as our China office is located there.
CarbonLeap helps us to eliminate our supply chain emissions by offering scalable carbon reductions across all modalities and geographies. We work together since 2022 to lower our footprint in our logistics operations and accelerate innovations in the voluntary carbon market. We do this by researching ways to increase the transparency of carbon emissions, insets and credits in our value chains. But also by researching other technologies of carbon reduction. When these alternatives are operational then we can act quickly as CarbonLeap operates independently.
The Meelunie CO2 Calculator is a software tool to calculate the greenhouse emissions (GHG) per traffic lane of our shipments worldwide. The calculations are based on data from the previous 12 months provided by the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG). Every year, we will upload their data into our system to update our CO2 Calculator.