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September 2023

Mike Jacobi, VP Global Strategy, JAS Worldwide
September 6, 2023
People

JAS Worldwide is pleased to announce that Mike Jacobi, a seasoned global logistics, freight, and distribution leader with over 30 years of experience, has been appointed VP Global Strategy. Jacobi will report directly to JAS Global Chief Commercial Officer David Bang, spearheading strategic growth initiatives.

Before joining JAS, Jacobi led global freight and distribution at a global pharma and healthcare manufacturer, where he and his team transformed global logistics, freight & distribution management across all transportation modes, optimizing internal and external warehouses. Prior to that, he held various leadership positions at a large global logistics and supply chain solution firm for many years.

"Jacobi's impressive track record in both logistics provider and manufacturer sides will further strengthen JAS's customer-centric strategy and innovation path," said Bang. "He will drive JAS's key growth strategies and foster and spread ground-up systematic innovative and collaborative culture working closely with all other stakeholders."

Jacobi's appointment signifies JAS's commitment to delivering unparalleled service; with his leadership, JAS is poised to navigate the ever-evolving logistics landscape and achieve new milestones in driving global supply chain excellence.

About JAS Worldwide

JAS was founded in 1978 in Milan, Italy, and its global headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Over the last four decades, JAS has grown from regional roots to a global force in logistics covering all modes of transportation, including contract logistics and other sophisticated and digital-driven supply chain solutions. Today, JAS covers 100+ countries with over 7000 employees globally and continues to expand with its core culture, “People make the difference,” and its strong commitment to a sustainable future.

In a bold move to address the need for reducing carbon emissions in the shipping industry, the International Maritime Organization introduced groundbreaking regulations concerning energy efficiency and carbon intensity for all ships.
September 12, 2023
Global

In a bold move to address the need for reducing carbon emissions in the shipping industry, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) introduced groundbreaking regulations concerning energy efficiency and carbon intensity for all ships. These measures require ships to calculate their attained Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) to determine energy efficiency and to initiate data collection to report their annual operational carbon intensity indicator (CII) and CII rating. 

Understanding the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI):

The EEXI is a score given to ships based on their energy efficiency. Ships attained EEXI will be compared to a required EEXI based on an applicable reduction factor expressed as a percentage relative to the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) baseline. Each ship's calculated attained EEXI value must be below the required EEXI to meet the minimum energy efficiency standard. 

Exploring the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) Rating:

The CII is set to rank and monitor the carbon efficiency of each vessel concerning the cargo carried, and the distance traveled. The actual annual operational CII achieved must be documented and verified against the required annual operational CII, allowing the operational carbon intensity rating to be determined. The rating ranges from A to E (where A is the best), and the threshold requirements will become stricter year over year.

Impact:

  • Environmental Benefits: The primary goal of these IMO regulations is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). By measuring and monitoring energy efficiency, shipping companies can identify areas for improvement and optimize their operations to minimize carbon footprints.
  • Technological Advancements: These regulations will encourage the development and adopting of cleaner technologies within the maritime sector, fostering innovation and creating a demand for sustainable solutions.

Challenges:

  • Compliance Costs: Implementing the EEXI and CII measures will require investments in ship upgrades, retrofitting, and enhanced operational practices. For shipowners and operators, this could pose a significant financial challenge, particularly for older vessels.
  • Disruptions to Shipping Schedules and Supply Chains: As the cost of technological advancements is high, ships implement fuel-saving measures like slow-steaming, which can lead to longer transit times, affecting the predictability and reliability of cargo delivery.
  • Data Collection and Reporting: The accurate measurement and reporting of a vessel's carbon intensity require reliable data collection systems. Shipowners must adapt to new reporting standards and overcome potential technical barriers in gathering and transmitting data.

Conclusion:

Implementing the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) and Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) measures marks a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions in the shipping industry. While they offer environmental benefits, they also present challenges, including compliance costs and potential disruptions to shipping schedules. Collaboration among stakeholders, technological advancements, and regulatory support are crucial to navigating these challenges.

Including maritime emissions in the EU Emissions Trading System marks a significant shift for the maritime logistics industry.
September 18, 2023
Global

As part of ongoing efforts to combat climate change, the European Union (EU) has extended the Emissions Trading System (ETS) to include CO2 emissions from all large ships entering EU ports. Starting in January 2024, this move will hold shipping companies accountable for their carbon footprint, fostering energy efficiency and incentivizing low-carbon solutions within the maritime logistics industry.

Inclusion of Maritime Emissions in the EU ETS:

In May 2023, the EU officially adopted amendments to the ETS Directive and the Regulation on the Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) for maritime transport. These amendments will integrate maritime emissions into the ETS, encompassing 50% of emissions from voyages starting or ending outside the EU and 100% of emissions between two EU ports or when ships are within EU ports. This step will apply to all large ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above, irrespective of their flag.

Transition Period and Compliance:

To facilitate a smooth transition, shipping companies will gradually be required to surrender emission allowances for a portion of their reported emissions:

  • In 2025, they have to surrender allowances for 40% of their emissions reported in 2024.
  • In 2026, the percentage will increase to 70% for emissions reported in 2025.
  • From 2027 onwards, they must surrender allowances for 100% of their reported emissions.

Impact on the Maritime Logistics Industry:

  • Compliance Costs and Financial Implications: Companies will face extra expenses as they are now required to purchase and sell emission allowances. In order to stay within their allotted allowances, substantial capital investments will be necessary for the adoption of emission-reducing technologies and sustainable fuel alternatives.
  • Operational Adjustments: Shipping companies must optimize vessel routes, reduce idle times, and adopt slow steaming practices to align with emission reduction targets. This will require careful planning and coordination to maintain the efficiency and effectiveness of supply chain logistics.
  • Market Competitiveness and Differentiation: Companies embracing sustainable practices will gain a competitive edge as eco-conscious customers and businesses are increasingly prioritizing environmentally responsible shipping solutions.
  • Collaboration and Information Sharing: Close collaboration with authorities, port operators, and stakeholders will help ensure accurate emission reporting and progress monitoring.

Conclusion:

Including maritime emissions in the EU Emissions Trading System marks a significant shift for the maritime logistics industry. While compliance with the regulation will present challenges, it also creates opportunities for the sector to embrace sustainability, foster innovation, and collaborate effectively to contribute to a greener future.

JAS Indonesia Team at the Local School, Sharing Books and Smiles on International Literacy Day 2023.
September 18, 2023
Asia Pacific

JAS Indonesia, in partnership with the Bruni Foundation, marked International Literacy Day (ILD) by organizing the "Book Donations for World Literacy Day" event on September 8, 2023. Led by JAS Sustainability Ambassador Sigit Yulianto, this event exemplified the team's dedication to championing literacy as a fundamental human right and their commitment to positively impacting the community.


Held at a local school, the ILD event showcased the incredible potential of collective community action. Its success was driven by a joint effort: prior to the event, the JAS office initiated a book donation campaign among its employees, and a group of JAS Indonesia colleagues volunteered to represent JAS at the local school. However, the event went beyond mere book donations; the team also shared food, drinks, and moments of joy, fostering an atmosphere of unity that enriched the day.


The teams' actions serve as a reminder that when individuals and organizations unite for a common purpose, they can create positive change. Literacy is not merely about reading; it is a pathway to a brighter future for all.  


The Sustainability Ambassadors at JAS play a key role in spearheading and executing sustainability initiatives. They are driven by a passion for creating a more sustainable organization and work closely with the Worldwide sustainability team and key stakeholders. Their expertise and influence serve as catalysts for transformation, inspiring and guiding others to contribute to a greener and more inclusive future.  


International Literacy Day has been observed globally on September 8 since 1967, emphasizing the significance of literacy as a basic human right. It also serves as a call to advance progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) on education and lifelong learning.

To minimize the impact of Golden Week on your supply chain, it is important to plan ahead.
September 18, 2023
Advisories

This notice serves as a reminder of the yearly Golden Week holiday in China.  

What is Golden Week?  

September 29 - October 6, 2023 is the annual Golden Week in China, China's National Day Holiday week, to celebrate the birth of the People's Republic of China. During this week, ceremonies and other events take place throughout China.   

During this time, factories typically close, and production is halted or limited. In addition, airlines, shipping companies, railway, and commercial operators also typically limit their activities or run-on skeleton crews during these days.  

How can I reduce the impact of Golden Week on my Supply Chain?  

  • Maintain clear and open communication so that we can work with you to find the solution that best fits your needs  
  • Book as early as possible. The earlier you book, the greater the chance that you can secure shipping space.  
  • Note what shipments are most urgent so they can be given priority   

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your JAS representative.   

The EU's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is a regulatory framework introduced to address carbon leakage by imposing reporting requirements on importers of carbon-intensive goods, promoting transparency, incentivizing lower-emission choices, and leveling the playing field between domestically produced and imported goods.
September 25, 2023
Global

As the European Union (EU) heightens its climate ambitions, there are increasing regulations related to "carbon leakage." This phenomenon occurs when EU-based companies shift carbon-intensive production to countries with less strict climate policies, potentially increasing emissions. To address this, the EU has introduced the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), an environmental regulation designed to establish a fair price for carbon emissions associated with the production of carbon-intensive goods entering the EU. Its purpose extends to encouraging cleaner industrial practices in non-EU countries. 

Goods Covered in the Initial Phase: 

The CBAM's scope encompasses products like cement, iron and steel, aluminum, fertilizers, electricity, and hydrogen in the transitional phase. Moreover, there are plans to evaluate the possibility of expanding the range of covered products by 2030, potentially including additional sectors. 

Impacts: 

  • Importers must carefully track and report emissions data for their imported goods. The European Commission is developing IT tools to help importers report and manage this data. 
  • Non-compliance with reporting requirements may result in financial penalties. 
  • The regulation introduces an additional layer of complexity in the import process. 

Timeline: 

As the CBAM unfolds between 2023 and 2035, it will have significant implications for industries, global competitiveness, and the fight against climate change. Here are some key dates to keep in mind: 

  • October 1, 2023: The CBAM enters its transitional phase. Importers of carbon-intensive goods begin reporting embedded greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 
  • January 31, 2024: The first reporting period for importers concludes. Flexibility in reporting methodologies is allowed. 
  • January 1, 2025: Reporting using only the EU method becomes mandatory. 

Benefits: 

  • Importers disclosing emissions data enhances transparency about the carbon impact of goods. 
  • The regulation incentivizes importers to choose lower-emission products, driving sustainable choices. 
  • Imported goods are subject to emissions reporting similar to domestically produced goods, leveling the playing field. 
  • The regulation raises awareness about carbon emissions associated with international trade. 

How Can JAS Support You? 

  • EU Import Customs Clearance: Our team of customs experts consult you and assist you in expediting the customs clearance process and the complexity of tariff codes, duties, taxes, and international trade regulations.* 
  • EU Regulation Monitoring: We keep you informed about CBAM updates and evolving regulations, ensuring you remain compliant and adaptable to changes. 

*The importer is at all times responsible for providing all documentation related to customs clearance, including correct shipment/tariff and emission-related data. 

The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) empowers the Transport and Logistics industry to set ambitious carbon reduction goals in line with scientific evidence, which is crucial for mitigating climate change.
October 2, 2023
Global

In a world facing pressing environmental challenges, the need for carbon reduction has become a priority for industries worldwide. The Transport and Logistics sector plays a key role in global trade and commerce, and the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) serves as a framework for empowering companies within this sector to establish ambitious carbon emission reduction targets.

Let us explore the significance of SBTi and how it is shaping the future of the Transport and Logistics industry.

What is SBTi?

The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) is a collaborative initiative driven by several prominent organizations, including CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Its overarching mission is to support companies in aligning their emissions reduction targets with scientific evidence to hold global warming at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. SBTi provides a comprehensive framework for the setting and validating such targets for companies across various industries.

The Transport and Logistics Industry's Role

The Transport and Logistics industry significantly contributes to global emissions due to the substantial fuel consumption of ships, trucks, airplanes, and other vehicles within the supply chain. As such, this plays a critical role in mitigating climate change, and companies are increasingly recognizing their environmental responsibilities and have started developing carbon reduction targets.

These carbon targets can cover emissions from various scopes, including direct emissions (Scope 1), energy consumption (Scope 2), and indirect emissions from the upstream and downstream supply chain (Scope 3).

Commitment to Net-Zero by 2050 

As the Transport and Logistics industry continues to transform, JAS Worldwide has proactively embraced sustainability and carbon reduction. We are fully committed to establishing a science-based target in alignment with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) aimed at achieving Net Zero emissions by the year 2050. 

Through our commitment to SBTi, JAS is setting clear and measurable targets and taking tangible steps towards combatting climate change.

Recognizing our industry's role in advancing and strengthening the global economy and understanding that collective action yields a greater positive impact, we invite our business partners to join us in making strides toward a more sustainable future.

Committing to becoming net zero by 2050 -or earlier- is a step in the right direction. By leveraging the SBTi framework, our efforts contribute to a healthier planet and inspire positive change while creating value for stakeholders.