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Nike and Ocean Conservancy are encouraging companies to avoid the cargo routes that pass through the Arctic Ocean, with the launch of a Corporate Arctic Transportation Pact.
The sportswear giant and the environmental organization presented this pact this week, with which they invite companies to commit to not intentionally shipping through the Arctic ecosystem, which experts fear is becoming too fragile.
Global freight transport currently accounts for about 3% of greenhouse gas emissions.
“As the ice in the Arctic continues to shrink due to climate change, it opens the possibility of cargo traffic on oceanic routes that were not navigable before,” Ocean Conservancy said in a press release.
“And although these routes may offer reduced transit times, increasing vessel traffic on Arctic cargo routes represents a great risk and can potentially generate devastating environmental impacts,” he added.
Ocean Conservancy also notes that hazards related to navigation in the Arctic could increase the risk factor in the event of an accident, grounding or spilling of oil.
Signatories to the pact have committed themselves to exploring ways to reduce emissions from their shipments globally and to support the development of preventive navigation practices in the Arctic, with a view to improving the environmental and human safety of current and potential future traffic in the Artic.
“We know that climate change affects the way our athletes train and play, and the fact that they can enjoy the sport they practice,” said Hilary Krane, executive vice president, administrative director and general legal advisor for Nike, Inc., in a press release.
“Through this pact, we have made a clear decision: to help protect the planet and preserve the Arctic,” he said.
“The dangers of trans-Antarctic transport routes outweigh all the perceived benefits and we cannot ignore the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions from world transport on our oceans,” added Janis Searles Jones, executive director of Ocean Conservancy.
“Ocean Conservancy applauds Nike for recognizing that the ultimate goal here is a shared responsibility for the health of the Arctic; as well as it believes that the announcement will stimulate the much-needed actions to prevent the risky transport through the Arctic and expects additional commitments to occur reduce global freight transport emissions, “he insisted.
The initial group of signatories to the pact includes fashion companies such as Gap Inc., H&M Group, Kering and PVH Corp., together with the CMA CGM, Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd and Mediterranean Shipping Company shipping companies.
Source: Fashion Network