• More boxes by rail and barge than by lorry in Europe and Africa.

16.09.2021 By: Christian Doepgen

Artikel Nummer: 37643

Greening the hinterland

Major carriers’ interest in hinterland transport operations is growing steadily. Besides developing their own logistics potential they also want to improve their modal split and cut their emissions. ONE is banking on Hutchison Port Holdings’ Paris system.



A new kind of coalition has been established. The inland operations division of the Japanese container alliance Ocean Network Express (ONE) is set to collaborate with Paris Optimal Transport Planning Solution, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hutchison Port Holdings, in order to reduce its CO2 footprint. This is part of ONE’s commitment to reduce its emissions; it also expects to be certified in accordance with the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) for its Europe and Africa region’s land-side operations by the end of 2021.



A differentiated bundle of measures

A bundle of measures has been lined up as part of the new cooperation agreement, including increasing the modal split of container haulage by barge and rail, lifting the number of reloaded containers, and establishing a GHG emissions baseline for ONE’s land-side ope­rations.


The Paris system will support the carrier by planning and optimising collection and delivery bookings in real-time, using available truck, rail and barge/feeder transport options. The software utilises advanced algorithms and parallel processing in real time, to provide optimised transport planning. It also features the effective management of exceptions, reduces empty mileage and improves service performance.



Collecting the relevant data

ONE is banking on the performance of its new partner. Paris claims that, on an outlay of say GBP 20 million on transport, it can save 5–8% of the budget, reduce empty truck runs and thus ONE’s carbon footprint too.


Collaboration between Paris and ONE started early in 2021. From 2022 onwards, ONE will begin to collect its emissions data from all land-side container movements in the Europe and Africa region, using the Paris emissions algorithm. Thus ONE will then be in the position to record its emissions arising from every leg of a container’s journey, which will, in turn, enable it to opt for barge and rail options, where they exist, which have a lower overall impact on the environment.


Once the full year’s data has been collected, ONE will define its targets for emissions reductions by 2035, to support its ambition of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050 in its Europe and Africa region operations.