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Enviva joins Sea Cargo Charter for greater transparent shipping operations

April 26, 2021
By Enviva

Enviva has joined the Sea Cargo Charter which aims to establish a framework for assessing and disclosing climate impact of ship chartering operations in a transparent manner. Enviva is a global renewable energy company specializing in sustainable wood bioenergy that has committed to become net zero in its operations by 2030.

As a result of joining the Sea Cargo Charter, Enviva is expected to benefit from a global baseline that assesses and discloses shipping activities in line with the climate goals set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Goals include IMO’s quest for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping to be cut at least in half by 2050 as compared to 2008 levels.

“We are delighted to join the Sea Cargo Charter,” Gordon Lugsdin, head of chartering at Enviva, said. “The commitment to monitor and report our emissions from our vessel chartering activities, and thereby to track our own carbon intensity, is closely aligned with our wider goal to reach net zero and to be transparent in emissions reporting. A standardized reporting framework is vital for the shipping industry to demonstrate its commitment to reducing GHG emissions, becoming more sustainable, and fighting climate change – core values we share at Enviva.”

Since its inception last October, the Sea Cargo Charter has continued to grow. Enviva, the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, is the latest to sign with the charter. Other signatories include major players in the energy, agriculture, and mining industries.

“I am delighted to welcome Enviva to the Sea Cargo Charter,” Jan Dieleman, president, Cargill Ocean Transportation and chair of the Sea Cargo Charter Association, said. “Together, we commit to transparent and consistent reporting of greenhouse gas emissions to promote shipping’s green transition.”

The Charter is intended to evolve over time as the IMO adjusts its policies and regulations to address new and emerging environmental and social concerns.

Enviva has vowed to work with partners to improve the environmental emissions intensity of its shipping and other transportation logistics.

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