Agility first freight and logistics provider to win CarboNZero status in New Zealand

Published July 10th, 2008 - 06:13 GMT

Agility, a leading global logistics provider, today announced that the company is the first to achieve carboNZero certification in New Zealand. The carboNZero programme enables organisations to measure and offset their carbon emissions, and commit to reducing these emissions in the future and is certified by Landcare Research.
“The movement of freight around the globe is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. As an industry we need to recognise this, and take steps to ensure we are actively looking at ways of reducing our carbon footprint”, said Anthony Browne, Agility’s New Zealand CEO. “carboNZero certification is our public commitment to this, and provides our business with a way to make a real difference.”
The New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, has congratulated Agility on making the move to become carboNZero certified. “The New Zealand government and businesses work hard to ensure Kiwi goods and services are globally competitive, and that we have a strong reputation for being environmentally sustainable. Overseas consumers are increasingly conscious of the role and impact of freight and transport in getting the product to international markets. We want New Zealand products to keep their marketing edge. carboNZero certification provides a practical solution to this challenge, by offering a positive step to reduce and offset emissions,” Helen Clark said.
Agility is the first international freight and logistics provider to achieve carboNZero certification in New Zealand. The certification process has seen the company measuring, managing, reducing and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions arising from its business activities. Agility will purchase carbon credits that have been created in New Zealand through sustainable energy initiatives such as wind farms.
In addition to having Agility’s New Zealand operations carboNZero certified, Agility has worked with Landcare to measure the carbon emissions created when their customers move freight internationally by air or sea. This enables Agility to offer their customers the option of a carboNZero certified service for the movement of cargo to or from any port in the world. The cost of the carbon offset is calculated based on the weight of the shipment, the distance it travels, and the mode of transport chosen – i.e. air, ocean or road.
“With publicity over recent years on the concept of food miles and the potential negative impact that this could have on New Zealand exports we feel that this service offering is of significant value for our customers”, said Anthony Browne. “We provide exporters with a real solution to mitigate carbon emissions and remove the food miles objection, ensuring the ongoing competitiveness of New Zealand products abroad.” The eyefortransport Green Transportation and Logistics Report calculated that up to 75% of a company's carbon footprint comes from their transportation and logistics activities.
One of Agility’s longstanding customers is Wellington based skincare company Trilogy who themselves achieved carboNZero certification in January of this year.  Trilogy founders Catherine de Groot and Sarah Gibbs say public awareness of the fragility of the environment means that their customers, especially those in Europe and North America are demanding more sustainable choices. “carboNZero certification means Agility is providing exporters like Trilogy with an added value service that is increasingly relevant in our export markets” said Catherine de Groot. “It also means that they share the same values that we do, which is equally important.”
As part of a global freight and logistics network operating in over 100 countries, Agility is viewing the move to carboNZero certification in New Zealand as the first in what is hoped will become a significant worldwide move towards sustainable practices in freight and logistics. Mick Turnbull, Agility’s Australasian Managing Director states “Globally Agility has sought to become a leader in terms of our corporate citizenship and is involved in numerous programs worldwide to benefit the communities we work in, and the environment. We will move quickly to gain certification for our Australian organization before the end of this year, and there is a high level of interest at the most senior levels of Agility to move in this direction globally.”
Professor Ann Smith, the carboNZero program leader for Landcare Research, believes carboNZero certification of a large multi-national company like Agility shows that the carboNZero program is recognized as being a leader in carbon accounting schemes. “Agility is a significant global player who has made a commitment to being a socially and environmentally responsible company. Our collaboration with a freight and logistics provider like Agility has provided the perfect platform for ensuring that the carboNZero program remains at the cutting edge in providing solutions for all players in supply chains to participate in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.
About Agility
Agility is a leading global logistics provider with more than 32,000 employees, and over 550 offices in 100 countries around the world. A publicly traded company, with over US$6 billion in annual revenue, Agility has three key operating units - Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), Defense & Government Services (DGS) and Investments.

We focus on offering customers truly personal service and flexible supply chain solutions tailored to meet their individual business needs, supported by a comprehensive network of warehousing facilities, transportation and freight management services. We also believe that we have responsibilities that extend beyond our commercial operations, as we are a worldwide network that is able to partner with local communities. Our contributions ensure the growth of our people, our business, and the future.
For more information about Agility, visit www.agilitylogistics.com

About the carboNZero Programme
The carboNZero programme is an internationally recognised greenhouse gas certification scheme for organisations, products, services, and events wishing to demonstrate climate change action with the highest integrity. The programme encourages and supports individuals and organisations to measure, manage (reduce) and mitigate (offset) their greenhouse gas emissions. The programme offers optional mitigation strategies through the provision of high quality verified offsets. Established in 2001 by Landcare Research, the programme is based on over a decade of research in greenhouse gas measurement and carbon monitoring. The programme’s goal is to provide credible tools to reduce GHG emissions to the atmosphere. Visit www.carbonzero.co.nz for more information.

 


 


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