The Danish seaport and the IT company are working on a solution to calculate the carbon footprint of individual routes and specific modes of transport.
The Port of Esbjerg and Atos expect customers will enter relevant data into the system, such as departure location, final destination and type of goods, and will then be provided with an overview of the most optimal routes.
Customers will be able to pick the routes with the lowest environmental impact while, according to the parties, also achieving a financial gain through lower excise duties.
"It's relatively easy to calculate the carbon footprint when you ship goods from A to B. But identifying the best option - in terms of both mode of transport and route - wasn't so simple. We aim to be a carbon-neutral port and therefore would also want to have an influence on the route network. That's why we came up with the idea of developing a system that would provide customers with an overview of the most climate-friendly routes," Dennis Jul Pedersen, the Port Esbjerg's CEO, explained.
He added, "The simulator that we're developing will help our customers make green decisions, and there's nothing like that anywhere in the world. We're very proud to have pitched an idea that some of the best in the world find interesting and want to help us develop. And Atos is the perfect partner."
"This is yet another step towards making the Port of Esbjerg more sustainable in collaboration with our customers. I'm very excited to be taking this step up the green ladder," Pedersen concluded.
Photo: Port of Esbjerg