Nike has launched a hydrogen-powered inland container ship, the H₂ Barge 1, to transport Nike products bound for Europe and to support its sustainability goals.

Nike projects that the container ship, a zero carbon dioxide emissions inland vessel, will result in a reduction of 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually and claims the ship is the world’s first hydrogen-powered inland container ship,

The H₂ Barge 1 builds on Nike’s initiatives in sustainable logistics to close in on its 2025 target to reducing carbon emissions

In Europe, 99 percent of inbound containers reach the ELC by water, eliminating some 14,000 truck routes yearly. Beyond hydrogen-powered shipping, Nike is in the final testing phase of a hydrogen truck for customer deliveries in Europe. The company is also scaling its electric van deliveries in key European cities, including Paris and London.

“We know the odds of success increase when we approach a problem together with ingenuity and grit,” said Nike’s chief sustainability officer Noel Kinder in a press release. “As we move toward 2025, our resolve is steady, and we’re in it for the long haul, committed to progress over perfection as we continue to create solutions and leverage our influence to build momentum and move the world forward through sport.”

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