Ship It Zero coalition applauds Mammut’s zero-emissions shipping commitment
Ship It Zero coalition members Stand.earth and Pacific Environment are applauding Swiss outdoor gear brand Mammut’s new industry-leading climate commitment, calling attention to the company’s pledge to transition to zero-emissions shipping vessels by 2030, and an additional initiative to shift to ocean cargo shipping carriers that have adopted slow steaming — deliberately slowing the speed of cargo ships to reduce fuel consumption — to help reduce carbon emissions in the interim.
Mammut’s commitment to transition to zero-emissions shipping vessels by 2030 makes it the first company to meet the Ship It Zero coalition’s demands outlined in its “Shady Ships” report, released in July 2021.
The 47-page document, titled “Mammut’s Journey Toward Net Zero”, was posted recently on Mammut’s website. The commitment to zero-emissions vessels by 2030 is part of Mammut’s “climate and clean energy” commitments listed on page 6, and the commitment on slow steaming is outlined in the “greener shipping” initiatives on page 21.
The Ship It Zero coalition also commends Mammut for increased transparency in its maritime shipping import and exports for listing its 2020 carriers on page 45 of the commitment.
In response to the commitment, Stand.earth and Pacific Environment released the following statements:
“Mammut’s industry-leading climate commitment sets the bar in the fashion industry for a rapid and necessary transition to zero-emissions maritime shipping. The latest IPCC report warns we are at ‘code red for humanity,’ and illustrates the urgency with which we need polluting industries like fashion and shipping to clean up their acts,” said Gary Cook, Global Climate Campaigns Director at Stand.earth.
“Mammut’s commitment shows that companies have the power to end their maritime freight pollution. Now we are calling on Mammut’s competitors VF Corporation and Patagonia — as well as cargo shipping giants IKEA, Target, Amazon, and Walmart — to take similar steps to clean up their ocean shipping footprint,” said Madeline Rose, Climate Campaign Director for Pacific Environment.
In July 2021, Ship It Zero released its “Shady Ships: Retail Giants Pollute Communities and Climate with Fossil-Fueled Ocean Shipping” report highlighting how just fifteen companies — including IKEA, Amazon, Walmart, and Target — are responsible for emitting millions of tons of pollution from importing their goods into the United States on fossil-fueled ships. It is the first study to quantify the environmental and public health impacts from some of the biggest American retailers’ reliance on overseas manufacturing and fossil-fueled, transoceanic shipping.
Ship It Zero is calling on the largest maritime importers and most well-known corporations to move their products off fossil-fueled vessels, use their market power to accelerate the zero-emission vessel market, and transition to 100 percent zero-emissions shipping by 2030 — goals that will ensure the shipping industry does its fair share in helping to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius, the target scientists say is needed to avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis.
Source: Ship It Zero