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  December 11th, 2023 | Written by

Lineage Joins Global Initiative to Explore Sustainable Frozen Food Standards and Reduce Carbon Emissions

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Lineage, a leading temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions provider, has joined the “Join the Move to -15 C” initiative, a coalition featuring global logistics firm DP World and other supply chain organizations. The campaign aims to investigate the potential transition to greener standards in frozen food storage, with the goal of significantly reducing carbon emissions in the sector.

The initiative challenges the long-standing international temperature standard of -18 C, established in the 1930s, by exploring a shift to -15 C. By raising the standard storage temperature of most frozen food by just 3 degrees Celsius, the industry could cut carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to removing 3.8 million cars from the road annually. Lineage, committed to transforming the food supply chain sustainably, sees this initiative as an opportunity for industry-wide collaboration to achieve the shared net-zero goal by 2050.

Greg Lehmkuhl, President and CEO of Lineage, expressed enthusiasm about participating in the coalition, highlighting Lineage’s dedication to innovating food safety and quality protocols while contributing to climate change mitigation. Academic research supports the initiative, demonstrating that the proposed temperature adjustment could result in significant environmental benefits, including reduced carbon emissions, energy savings, and supply chain cost reductions.

Dr. Stephen Neel, Lineage’s VP of Global Food Optimization, emphasized the company’s commitment to continuous safety conversations and ongoing innovation, reaffirming Lineage’s dedication to promoting the highest level of safety and quality for entrusted food resources.

In addition to Lineage, the coalition has been joined by other leading industry organizations, including A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) of Denmark; CMA CGM of France; Daikin of Japan; the Global Cold Chain Alliance; Hapag-Lloyd of Germany; Switzerland’s Kuehne + Nagel International; Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) of Italy; and Singapore-based Ocean Network Express.

The “Join the Move to –15 C” coalition and DP World have made the research accessible to all and invited stakeholders, industry leaders, and interested parties to show support for the campaign. To find out more or join the initiative, please visit: