Clean Cargo Initiative – Sustainability in the cargo shipping industry

Prof. Dr. Michele Acciaro (Copenhagen Business School (CBS)), Prof. Alan C. McKinnon, PhD (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

Funded by KLU Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL), Clean Cargo Initiative (CCI)

Brief description

In cooperation with the Clean Cargo Initiative (CCI), this project advances sustainable operations in the maritime transportation sector. The CCI is the leading buyer-supplier forum and involves major brands, cargo carriers, and freight forwarders while reflecting around 80 percent of global container cargo capacity. The project promotes informational transparency and strives to reduce the sector’s environmental impact.

Project purpose

The project involves the Clean Cargo Initiative (CCI) and the Kühne Logistics University (KLU) with its Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics Research Center. In exchange for unique industry performance data, which is provided free of charge, the KLU offers its expertise concerning sustainable transportation and data analytics.  Outcomes are presented bi-annually to the CCI’s membership. Based on the provided data, the KLU project team tackles the following sub-research questions under the umbrella of fuel consumption concerning (i) What are the design and operational determinants? (ii) What is the impact of scope and scale in liner networks? (iii) How do market structures influence sustainable operations?


Sustainability, Maritime Logistics, Environment, Transport Logistics, Creating Value

Project partners

Clean Cargo Initiative (CCI), KLU Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL), Kühne Logistics University (KLU)

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Contact person

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Christopher Dirzka

Post-doctoral Researcher