K+S and Swire Bulk Reaffirm Joint Commitment to reduce Carbon Emissions within their Shipping Programme

Long-time partners formally renew commitment to develop targeted solutions for the carriage of dry-bulk cargo

21 June 2023, Singapore – K+S Aktiengesellschaft (K+S) and Swire Bulk Pte Ltd (Swire Bulk) are pleased to announce a formal partnership to develop decarbonisation solutions built upon a shared commitment to decarbonise their operations and drive meaningful reductions in Greenhouse Gases in the maritime supply chain.


K+S and Swire Bulk have enjoyed a longstanding relationship for over 29 years with 31 million tons of cargo carried on behalf of K+S by Swire Bulk, and formerly Rudolf A Oetker acquired by Swire Bulk in 2019. Both companies have ambitious targets, with Swire Bulk working towards reducing carbon intensity by 50% in 2030 and achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050. Swire Bulk is currently making good progress and has reduced carbon intensity by 21% from the 2014 baseline.   


As a long-term commitment, K+S supports the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. K+S has set the target to reduce CO2 emissions (Scope 1 and 2 of the production sites) by 10% by 2030 compared with 2020. A climate protection fund has been set up to actively promote the energy transition. In addition to the Scope 1 and 2 climate target, K+S has set the target to reduce transport logistics emissions (Scope 3) by 10% until 2030. Over the last few decades K+S has already been able to reduce its emissions significantly (almost 80% compared to 1990) due to the deployment of highly efficient technology.


Patrick Lieberam, Senior Vice President Supply Chain Management of K+S, shared “As a mining company, K+S is aware of its responsibility and in the area of logistics, will stand by the side of its long-term partner Swire in the implementation of zero emissions and provide support in all areas. Our goal will be to provide our customers in Europe and overseas with a low-emission value chain from the production site to the customer in the long term.”


Peter Norborg, CEO of Swire Bulk, added “We are proud to partner with K+S, who have been a key customer over many years. The area of decarbonisation is of utmost importance and both companies understand that it is only through collaboration across all stages of the maritime value chain that we can bring about change and achieve essential emissions savings. As part of the Swire Group, there is a clear commitment from our shareholders, John Swire and Sons, and the entire organisation towards sustainability and operating responsibly for the long term so that our business and the planet can thrive. We look forward to working with K+S to further move the needle on reducing carbon emissions.”




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About K+S

We make an important contribution to society: We enable farmers securing the world’s food supply. Our products keep numerous industries running. We enrich consumers’ daily lives and ensure safety in winter. With around 11,000 employees, production sites on two continents, and a global distribution network, we are a reliable partner for our customers. At the same time, we are realigning ourselves: We are focusing even more strongly than before on fertilizers and specialties. We are becoming leaner, more cost-efficient, more digital, and more performance-oriented. On a solid financial basis, we are tapping into new markets and business models. We are committed to our responsibility towards society and the environment in all regions in which we operate. Learn more about K+S at www.kpluss.com.


About Swire Bulk

Swire Bulk, the specialist bulk trading arm of the multinational Swire Group, is a leading vessel owner and operator in the dry bulk geared sector with a trading fleet of around 125 Handysize and Supramax/Ultramax vessels controlled by eight commercial offices around the world. Its global headquarters is situated in Singapore. Swire Bulk operates one of the most modern and fuel-efficient fleets on the water. With a diversified cargo base and a balanced vessel operating mix between owned and chartered tonnage, Swire Bulk is well-placed to be a long-term partner of choice for its global customers and deliver market-leading, innovative, and sustainable freight solutions.


Swire Bulk, through parent company John Swire & Sons is a Strategic Partner of the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping; a member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative; and a member of the Getting to Zero Coalition.


For more information, please visit www.swirebulk.com


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