Kuehne+Nagel and LATAM Airlines Group, as part of their commitments to the environment and their respective sustainability strategies, announced the compensation of 100% of the flower shipments they managed together during the recent Mother’s Day season, where thousands of tonnes of flowers were transported from Colombia and Ecuador to North America and Europe.
This is by allocating resources to projects that support environmental care and contribute to society in South and Central America. The offsets will be focused on benefiting two projects; one in Chile and one in Peru. In both cases, the initiatives comply with the highest international greenhouse gas reduction standards.
In Chile, it is the Photovoltaic Solar Park, located in the Atacama Desert, aimed at generating clean and renewable energy with CDM certification. In Peru, the offset focuses on Community Forest Management, on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, which drives global emissions reductions, certified by VCS and CCBA.
Ingo Goldhammer, president of Kuehne+Nagel for South and Central America, says: “We have a clear purpose in sustainability. The partnership with LATAM fills us with optimism as we develop nature-based projects within the region and protect the place we live in while delivering value to our like-minded customers and the community.”
Andrés Bianchi, CEO of LATAM Cargo, adds: “We capped a record-breaking Mother’s day season in terms of volume with this landmark achievement. Collaborating with Kuehne+Nagel in offsetting these shipments carbon emissions is a significant milestone for our Let’s Fly Neutral Program, and we look forward to continuing offering our
customers more options to jointly reach our sustainability goals”.
Energy savings, job creation, and development of local businesses, the protection of endangered animal species, forest conservation, and the prevention of deforestation are some of the aims that both companies hope to generate to curb environmental impact and reduce their footprint.