DP World has launched a new programme in the United Kingdom to incentivise cargo owners in order to reduce their carbon emissions by shifting from road to rail.
More specifically, the Modal Shift Programme, which is being trialled at DP World’s Southampton Logistics Hub, offers customers a financial incentive to move their imported goods off the road and onto rail, cutting carbon emissions and air pollutants – the programme could prevent as much as 30,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted per year.
Additionally, the financial incentive will be paid for by a relatively small charge on all import-laden containers coming through DP World Southampton.
Under the scheme, customers whose import-laden containers are moved by rail to a railhead within 140 miles of DP World Southampton will receive a US$88 reward. Containers that are moved by rail to a railhead more than 140 miles from DP World Southampton will be reimbursed the US$12 fee on each container.
John Trenchard, UK Commercial & Supply Chain director at DP World, said, “DP World will help mitigate the impacts of climate change by becoming a net zero logistics organisation by 2050 and continue to support our customers on their own decarbonisation journeys. We invite supply chain partners to review if rail can play a bigger role in their UK supply chains.”