Kuehne+Nagel offers carbon insetting to push fleet electrification

New Book & Claim insetting solution for electric trucks available as of January 2024

Kuehne+Nagel offers carbon insetting to accelerate fleet electrification
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Kuehne+Nagel announced the launch of its Book & Claim insetting solution for electric vehicles, making Kuehne+Nagel the first logistics service provider to launch the solution, which previously was limited to low-emission fuels.

"Implementing decarbonisation solutions and helping customers achieve their sustainability goals is a key component of Kuehne+Nagel’s Roadmap 2026 Living ESG cornerstone," says an official release.

Kuehne+Nagel launched an insetting solution for hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) last October, which is now followed by electric vehicles, the release added. "The first-of-its-kind solution has been tested and validated in cooperation with leading external stakeholders."

Hansjörg Rodi, Member of Management Board responsible for road logistics, Kuehne+Nagel says: “We see battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) as the future to reduce emissions in road freight. Carbon insetting supports the scale-up of low-emission solutions like BEVs and helps to reduce the premium that customers pay for these solutions, thereby supporting the decarbonisation of road transport."

Customers who use Kuehne+Nagel's road transport services can now ‘claim’ the carbon reductions of electric trucks when it is not possible to physically move their goods on these vehicles. "Reasons for that could be insufficient charging infrastructure or a limited driving range and payload. The solution helps to bridge those challenges which today still limit the deployment of electric trucks."

For now, only Kuehne+Nagel’s owned BEVs are part of the Book & Claim offer to control and ensure transparency over the accuracy of data that is used in the calculations, the release added. The team aims to expand the solution to BEVs operated by its partners so that it can support them in their fleet electrification journeys.

“Purchasing electric trucks can be a heavy financial burden, especially for smaller carriers. Including carriers in our solution requires further complex developments in the accounting methodology but it would help them to finance their transition. This is our next priority,” says Rodi.

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