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A race we must win – Our partnership

Team Malizia and all partners unite behind a common mission. Together we support the United Nations Sustainability Goals (SDGs) and Team Malizia's 'A race we must win'-movement about increasing ambition around climate action.

Team Malizia is a sailing race team led by world-class skipper Boris Herrmann. Pierre Casirgahi, Vice-President of the Yacht Club de Monaco, founded team Malizia in 2016. Their mission is to promote ocean science and environmental education around the world whilst inspiring the next generation with their sailing adventures. The team's foiling race yacht is zero-emission using wind, solar and hydropower and is called seaexplorer - Yacht Club de Monaco.

Kuehne+Nagel is a global logistics provider and thought leader within its industry. Striving for a sustainable future is part of Kuehne+Nagel’s corporate identity. We are committed to actively contribute to the well-being of communities and the environment while connecting people and goods through innovative and sustainable business solutions.

Next to Kuehne+Nagel, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC, Zurich Group Germany, Yacht Club de Monaco and others join the common race for the future in support of the activities of Team Malizia.

The key of this partnership is about more than just sailing. We witness climate change firsthand on the ocean. In alignment with Kuehne+Nagel, we believe ‘you cannot reduce what you cannot measure’. 
– Boris Herrmann, Team Malizia

Why do we fit together so well?

It is a scientifically proven fact that ocean health is ultimately important for human well-being.

"We are all together in one boat in a race against time to find solutions for the climate crisis. Therefore, we want to highlight some of the industry solutions our partners work on, to help inspire a common vision and advocate for ever more ambitious action. The partnership with Kuehne+Nagel is about being an emotional example and ambassadors who can report authentically, since Kuehne+Nagel’s seaexplorer visualises the carbon emissions of sea freight vessels worldwide and thus enables its customers to choose the service with the lowest CO2 emissions,” explains Boris Herrmann.

Our partnership is based on our joint key message around ocean science and education as well as actions to enable CO2 visibility and CO2 reduction. The promotion of new fuels based on renewable energies (like Biofuel) complements the common agenda. Together we want to raise awareness and drive a sustainable future.


How can we achieve our common goal?

Net Zero Carbon Programme

Time is valuable. Minutes are precious. Not only to win the race, but to protect the environment. Therefore, Kuehne+Nagel has launched a comprehensive Net Zero Carbon Programme. In the framework of its Net Zero Carbon Programme, Kuehne+Nagel pursues visibility, reduction and offsetting of carbon emissions. Shipments should be as emission-free as possible. All unavoidable emissions are fully compensated. 

In addition to the offsetting method, Kuehne+Nagel also offers completely climate-neutral shipments via Biofuel. It enables to reduce CO2 emissions instantly. Biofuel can be used for both air freight and sea freight.

The aim is to neutralise our collective CO2 footprint and help our stakeholders achieve their own bold environmental targets.

Learn more about Kuehne+Nagel and our environmental targets

Seaexplorer platform

Kuehne+Nagel has also taken on the responsibility to develop ready-to-use, technology-based solutions that are able to contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint caused by logistics services and transport worldwide.

The digital platform seaexplorer visualises the carbon emissions of sea freight vessels worldwide and thus enables its customers to choose the service with the lowest CO2 emissions.

As Team Malizia measures CO2 in the ocean while they race, the sailing yacht has been christened "seaexplorer".

Click here to learn more about the seaexplorer platform 

Tracking and scientific data measured on the yacht

While Team Malizia competes in ocean races, they are actively researching climate change. They measure ocean CO2 with their onboard SubCTech Ocean Sensor. You can see the ocean CO2 data they collected during the Vendée Globe race in the picture on the left. This data is key as the ocean holds over 30% of manmade CO2 and this data is hard to obtain as it can only be measured from ships. This "last wilderness on Earth" is undersampled, but this data is crucial for reliable modelling of climate change. Therefore, data collection from the sailing yacht seaexplorer is of great scientific importance.

The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and Geomar support data verification and submission to international databases (e.g. NOAA, SOCAT). Team Malizia recently partnered with IOC-UNESCO to deploy drifter buoys in the Atlantic Ocean to gather more data over a longer period. With the seaexplorer racing yacht they participate in the marine data collection programmes coordinated by the Ship Observations Teams, operating under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organisation and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. – Show Certificate of Appreciation.

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Education and kids

Children are our future. They have the power to shape our future world. In projects at schools, online conferences and onboard of the boat itself, the Malizia team educates kids about the ocean, climate change and the importance of CO2 reduction.

At the start of each race during the race village, there is a dedicated kids stand where children can visit to learn more about the ocean and to be inspired by the adventure. Kids can also get in touch with Team Malizia from home. They can then follow the races, link up to the boat during the race via video conferences and ask Boris all sorts of questions whilst he is at sea. In addition, there is the Ocean Challenge Educational Kit. It explains to children aged between 9-14 years old, ocean themes, climate change and climate change solutions.

Click here to download the Educational Kit in English, FrenchGerman, PortugueseChinese, Italian, Japanese, TurkishSwedish or SpanishAre you interested in a fun game? Then download the Malizia board game.