CMA CGM partners with WWF in push for sustainable shipping

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CMA CGM and WWF's strategic partnership aims to protect biodiversity and decarbonize maritime transport and logistics. Photo from CMA CGM
  • CMA CGM partners with WWF in push for sustainable shipping
  • CMA CGM and WWF France are building a strategic partnership to protect biodiversity and decarbonize maritime transport and logistics
  • The global shipping giant and WWF France share their expertise to propose solutions that are more respectful of the environment and the planet
  • This partnership is in line with CMA CGM’s numerous initiatives to protect the environment and its commitment to achieve net zero carbon by 2050

CMA CGM Group and WWF France have entered into a partnership to decarbonize shipping and logistics, strengthen the fight against illicit trafficking in protected species and preserve marine ecosystems.

The collaboration includes sponsoring projects for the preservation and conservation of marine ecosystems in four areas including the Philippines, the French container shipping company said in a press release on April 30.

“The partnership is true to CMA CGM’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon by 2050 and in line with its numerous initiatives to reduce its environmental footprint and fight against ocean pollution,” the group said.

The two-year partnership between CMA CGM and WWF France involves three major areas of collaboration:

  • Decarbonization of maritime transport and logistics to identify the most sustainable ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions so as to implement an ambitious decarbonization trajectory in line with the objective of limiting global warming to 1.5°C, in particular through the global science-based target initiative.
  • Fight trafficking in protected species by supporting the group’s efforts to strengthen its vigilance against this illegal activity and by contributing to the development of internal tools and procedures by 2023 to address it. The partnership also aims to raise awareness of its stakeholders and its sector about this issue and the existing solutions.
  • Preservation and conservation of marine ecosystems, with CMA CGM financing four sponsorship projects for the preservation and conservation of marine ecosystems in the Mediterranean, South Africa, the Philippines, and the Arctic.

The preservation of the environment and biodiversity is one of the pillars of the strategic vision adopted by the CMA CGM Group under the leadership of its chairman and chief executive officer, Rodolphe Saadé.

CMA CGM said the partnership with WWF France echoes the many actions it has taken to tackle global warming and its effects on biodiversity, such as the decision not to use the North Sea route to preserve the fragile ecosystems of the Arctic.

The partnership also seeks to strengthen the detection and protection of cetaceans or to stop transporting plastic waste by sea to prevent it from being exported to countries where its treatment or recovery cannot be guaranteed.