Logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel (KN) says it is the first logistics company to become a member of the Development and Climate Alliance.

Established in 2018 by Germany’s economic cooperation and development ministry in partnership with the Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing and the German Society for International Cooperation, the alliance’s objective is to promote development and environmental protection.

KN is joining the initiative as part of its new net zero carbon programme whereby CO2 emissions which cannot be avoided will be fully compensated from next year. The company says it is also addressing the CO2 footprint of the transportation services of its suppliers, airlines, shipping lines and haulage companies, by 2030 through, among other actions, investing in nature-based CO2 compensation projects.

“With its net zero carbon programme, KN acknowledges, as a first mover in the logistics industry, the responsibility it has for the environment, for the ecosystem and essentially for the people,” said Otto Schacht, management board member of KN International with responsibility for Seafreight.

“By joining the Development and Climate Alliance, we support the goals of the German ministry for economic cooperation and development,” he added.

The minister Gerd Mueller described KN joining the alliance as a major step, showing that environmental protection and entrepreneurial action can go hand in hand.