In 2021, CEVA Logistics began offsetting 100% of carbon emissions for all Less Than Container Load Ocean shipments at no additional cost to our customers. The CEVA Share the Box service for LCL shipments operates services on all continents, offering door-to-door solutions by connecting beyond container freight stations thanks to our extensive ground transportation network.
In 2022, in connection with PUR Projet, a certified B Corp and global leader in nature-based CO2 Offsetting solutions, we offset 20,000 tons of CO2 through the preservation of 68,515 hectares of tropical forest in the Gola Rainforest National Park (GRNP). The preservation also protected more than 1,000 plant and animal species native to the forest, including 60 threatened species, of which eight are endangered and one is critically endangered.
In 2023, CEVA Logistics will be continuing its carbon offsetting program partnering with PUR Projet on two new initiatives.
In Turkey, CEVA Logistics is supporting the Aksu Wind Farm Project in the development of a 72 megawatt onshore wind farm in Kayseri Province. The project will aim to install 36 turbines and a high voltage transmission line to the Turkish National Grid. With an estimated generation of 194 GWh of electricity per year - enough to power 145 million homes – the project will reduce emissions by 118K Tons of CO2 each year.
In Bali, Indonesia, CEVA Logistics is also supporting the Pejarakan Project to regenerate critical marine ecosystems. In an area at the heart of the Coral Triangle often referred to as the “Amazon of the Ocean”, the degradation of Coral and Mangrove trees due to plastic pollution and intensification of extreme climate events has resulted in substantial carbon emissions, a loss of marine biodiversity, and coastal erosion. Based on the understanding that land and sea ecosystem health are interconnected, the project seeks to address these issues through the reforestation of Mangrove trees.
Mangroves sequester carbon in biomass, and per hectare can store more carbon than forests. In the last 50 years, however, 1/3 of these trees have disappeared due to coastal development, pollution, land conversion (aquaculture and agriculture), infrastructure expansion, and natural disasters. When Mangroves are destroyed, the carbon stored in the tree is released. 70 to 440 million tCO2 are released from Mangrove deforestation every year, contributing 10% of the total global carbon emissions from deforestation.
In addition to carbon sequestration, Mangroves provide an array of other benefits to the environment and community. Fostering biodiversity, the trees trap sediments that would otherwise kill nearby corals, depollute and reduce the level of salt in the water, and serve as nurseries and food storage areas for a wide variety of marine species. This in turn increases fishing volumes, providing income to the local population. The trees also preserve and stabilize the coast, protecting locals from flooding and the beaches from erosion.
The Pejarakan project is rebuilding and restoring the valuable marine ecosystem in Bali via the regeneration and protection of Mangroves within the community. Cleaning events gather the field team and community to clean banks and other planting areas, ensuring a healthy space for new Mangroves to grow whilst raising awareness and educating local communities on management and preservation. Propagules from diverse local mangrove species are then collected and transplanted to the cleaned spaces, reintroducing this incredible essential tree in barren areas to work its magic.