= Volume of CO2 in kg compensated with BE CLIMATE. This equals …
kilometres driven by car
trees that bind CO2
wash cycles at 60°C



The new brand BE CLIMATE is the expression of the philosophy by which we have lived for decades: “Partner for Generations”. The entire Port team feels a close connection with all customers and business partners worldwide. We know that only together can we achieve success. In addition, we commit to the careful handling of all natural resources. In other words: We preserve them for the following generations.


BE CLIMATE is the new climate neutral brand by Port International and the first brand to offer CO2 neutral fruit and vegetables. We keep our finger on the pulse and have a good grasp of what affects people and markets – which is apparent from us being the pioneer who already introduced Organic and Fairtrade products to the fruit industry at the end of the 1990s.


We put our cards on the table. Because climate neutrality needs transparency. We honestly confess that we still have a long way ahead of us, but we promise to walk it with conviction and ensure transparency for everybody. BE CLIMATE offers a QR code or ID number, which every customer can easily use to check the concrete contribution he or she made when they decided to buy our climate neutral products.



CO2 balance of the company and its products


Climate protection strategy to reduce CO2 emissions


Support of carbon offset projects


For us, acting in a climate-friendly way implies the precise recording of our CO2 emissions, their reduction wherever that’s possible, and the offsetting of any remaining emissions through certified climate protection projects.

We calculate the majority of our product carbon footprint on the basis of primary data we receive directly from our producers. Our calculations differentiate between the various countries of origin and take into account the entire CO2 emissions caused by fruit and vegetables: from origin to point of sale and disposal, including cultivation, packaging, and logistics as well as the disposal of the products and packaging materials. Only the "consumption" section of the supply chain is not considered (cradle-to-customer plus end-of-life approach), as these emissions for fresh fruit and vegetables are generally very low and cannot be generalised.

To make our reduction targets publicly transparent, our company joined several initiatives and committed itself to specific reduction measures. As a member of the Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables (SIFAV), we are committed to a 25% reduction of the emissions from our bananas and blueberries by 2026 (compared to 2022). To achieve this goal, we have already implemented various reduction measures along our supply chain and will expand these further in the future.

As a completely emission-free fruit and vegetable trade is not yet achievable, emissions will be generated despite ambitious targets and reduction measures. With the objective of offsetting the resulting damage to our climate in the best possible way, we are investing in two climate protection projects that are certified in accordance with the Gold Standard. These investments are always made in advance – so you can be sure that your products have already been offset before you buy them. In the event that more emissions are produced than previously assumed, we will of course offset the surplus afterwards.

With this principle, we enable consumers to enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables while protecting the climate in a simple and transparent way.


Clean drinking water in Malawi

Two billion people in the world have no access to clean drinking water. Many families have to boil their drinking water over an open fire, resulting in CO2 emissions and deforestation. By providing safe drinking water through the repair of damaged and the drilling of additional new boreholes, the project in Kasungu, Malawi ensures, that households consume less firewood during the process of water purification. This way CO2 emissions can be avoided.

Wind energy
in Chile

This project contributes to meet the electricity demand in Chile with renewable, clean and zero-emission power, displacing fossil-fuel based generation. The park consists of two wind farms with 57 wind turbines in total. Since wind energy is created without burning fossil fuels, it is considered emission-free. The growth of renewable energy production is essential to limiting global warming and securing energy supplies for the future.


The terms carbon-free and climate neutral are often confused in discussions even though they are different aspects of climate protection. If a product or service is carbon-free, it means that their production or provision did not produce any CO2 emissions whatsoever – and this applies to the entire supply chain including raw materials, logistics, and packaging. Climate neutral, on the other hand, means that the CO2 emissions of a product were calculated according to common standards and, in a second step, offset by a certified climate protection project. There are practically no carbon-free products; but any product can be climate neutral according to this definition. In many cases, the potential for CO2 reductions is limited – at least in the short term. A freight forwarder for example cannot replace their entire fleet of trucks overnight, but they can gradually optimize CO2 emissions per ton-kilometre through driver training and optimized capacity utilization. The company should still start offsetting CO2 today and become climate neutral as soon as possible.

Point of criticism: carbon compensation is not sufficient to contribute adequately to the globally agreed climate goals.

This is correct, we cannot save the climate with carbon compensation alone. We need a fundamental restructuring of the global economy, an uncompromising departure from all fossil fuels, much more energy-efficient production and transport processes, and probably even a new understanding of consumption.

Until these steps are implemented, however, carbon compensation is a crucial element of climate protection. With the current state of the art, it is not possible to switch to renewable energies completely and reduce emissions to zero. It is therefore equally correct that without compensation, i.e. without climate neutral products and companies, we cannot achieve the Paris climate targets.

Point of criticism: the market for solar, hydro and wind power would progress even without the mechanism of climate neutrality.

Without the support of climate protection, clean energy from renewable energy sources would be possible mostly in those countries, which already have the corresponding technologies or can afford them – i.e. the rich countries. In regions where climate protection projects are typically developed, the situation would be quite different as these are usually emerging or developing countries.

This is precisely the principle of the Clean Development Mechanism from the Kyoto Protocol: to enable sustainable development in poorer countries with the support of the industrial nations.

Critics of carbon offsetting often argue that compensation would only soothe the bad conscience of climate sinners. Some even compare it to the medieval trade in indulgences. The method of carbon offsetting, however, is grounded on internationally recognised climate protection projects which have a concrete and proven effect in the here and now – as opposed to church indulgences. The projects’ documentation shows exactly how much CO2 emissions each project saved, and financial support is only given retrospectively. Therefore, you don’t have to believe in salvation in the afterlife, you just have to be able to read and do some math to understand this effect.

Point of criticism: companies only compensate for their better conscience without first attempting to avoid and reduce, as is required by the principle of climate neutrality.

Holistic climate protection includes avoiding as much CO2 emissions as possible and reducing the volume of unavoidable emissions. The emissions that remain in the end must be offset in order to achieve climate neutrality.
Numerous companies that are committed to the goal of climate neutrality implement this approach, including Schneider Schreibgeräte, Trodat, Sympatex and many more. Critics are often either unaware of this or the reduction targets achieved are not sufficient for them. However, people often forget that a distinction must be made between short-term and long-term goals in the reduction process. In the short term, most companies can only reduce a very small proportion of their emissions. They are too dependent on existing technologies and their suppliers (most companies buy about 80 percent of their emissions from their suppliers). In the long term, however, a great deal is possible, and many companies are meeting these challenges through long-term climate protection strategies, clear and in some cases science-based objectives, and close coordination with suppliers (e.g. CDP Supply Chain Initiative).

It is therefore short-sighted to demonise the instrument of offsetting in general just because the critics feel that the aspect of avoidance and reduction is sometimes neglected. By doing so, the public might get the impression that it would be better not to offset emissions at all. But this is wrong: the more companies – and private individuals – offset emissions by supporting climate protection projects, the better it is for the climate because fewer emissions effectively enter the atmosphere.

Point of criticism: projects do not save any CO2.

Anyone who offsets CO2 and supports a climate protection project in return must check very carefully what kind of project it is, or work with a partner who knows the market for climate protection projects and makes an informed pre-selection.
There are a number of internationally recognised and reliable standards for climate protection projects; they are regularly monitored by independent organisations such as TÜV, SGS or PwC who determine in retrospect the exact amount of CO2 emissions actually saved. Projects with these standards already exist and have demonstrably saved CO2 in the past. These include the Gold Standard, the Verified Carbon Standard, Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard, Plan Vivo, Social Carbon Standard, and Fairtrade Climate Standard.

Even though there are also dubious projects, such as those collecting money in advance to invest it in CO2 savings at some later date, this does not effect in any way the good quality of the projects which were developed and calculated in a reliable and legitimate manner.

The possibility of carbon compensation encourages behaviour that should be stopped.

Companies that are climate neutral or offer climate neutral products have addressed their own CO2 emissions and developed an awareness of their footprint. They know which processes and products are climate friendly or damaging and can assess their actions better. They take responsibility for the emissions they cause.

Of course, there are also products known to be harmful to the climate which must be replaced by climate friendly alternatives in the long term if we are to achieve our climate goals – disposable articles made of plastic or short-haul flights are criticised in this context, among others. In any case, there are already numerous social debates on how to regulate them more strictly or ban them completely. Climate neutrality will not stop these necessary processes. Consumers, too, expect products that are inherently consistent and credible so in future, a stronger impetus and improved steering effects will have to come from politics and public pressure.

For some, it is unclear how the money for carbon compensation is actually used.

Carbon compensation is not a donation but a service. As opposed to donations, the customer receives a concrete equivalent value, namely the compensation of a precisely determined amount of CO2 for which they pay a certain price. Different projects have different prices per ton of CO2, depending on the project region, the technology, the certification standard, etc. The price for a project can also change over time.
The efficiency of the use of funds from climate protection projects is generally considered to be very high. Moreover, most projects are not exclusively financed by the sale of the certificates. Instead, certificates close a financing gap without which a project could not be implemented. The sale of certificates is therefore the retroactive financing of an existing project. Carbon compensation has already taken place and the projects have already been implemented.



Die Kennzeichnung “Bio” bedeutet, dass unsere Bananen nach dem Standard des ökologischen Anbaus angepflanzt und geerntet wurden. Diese landwirtschaftliche Methode zielt darauf ab, Lebensmittel unter der Verwendung natürlicher Substanzen und Prozesse zu produzieren, um die Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt zu begrenzen. Hierzu zählen:

  • Der verantwortungsvolle Umgang mit Energie und natürlichen Ressourcen,
  • die Erhaltung der biologischen Vielfalt,
  • die Erhaltung des regionalen ökologischen Gleichgewichts,
  • die Verbesserung der Bodenfruchtbarkeit, sowie
  • die Erhaltung der Wasserqualität.


Im Gegensatz zu konventionellen Bananen werden bei den Bio-Qualitätsbananen ausschließlich Biodüngemittel und keine chemischen Pflanzenschutzmittel verwendet.


Darüber hinaus fördern die Anforderungen des ökologischen Landbaus einen hohen Tierschutzstandard, bei dem die spezifischen Bedürfnisse von Tieren geachtet werden. Die Vorschriften der Europäischen Union über die biologische Landwirtschaft geben eine klare Struktur für die gesamten EU und sorgen so für eine vertrauenswürdige Kennzeichnung von Bioprodukten.

Banany ekologiczne / organiczne

Etykieta “organic” oznacza, że nasze banany zostały zasadzone i zebrane zgodnie ze standardem rolnictwa ekologicznego.
Ta metoda rolnictwa ma na celu produkcję żywności przy użyciu naturalnych substancji i procesów, aby ograniczyć wpływ na środowisko.

Rolnictwo ekologiczne obejmuje:

  • odpowiedzialne wykorzystanie energii i zasobów naturalnych,
  • zachowanie różnorodności biologicznej,
  • zachowanie regionalnej równowagi ekologicznej,
  • poprawę żyzności gleby, a także
  • zachowanie jakości wody.

W przeciwieństwie do bananów konwencjonalnych stosuje sie w przypadku bananów o jakości ekologicznej wyłącznie nawozy organiczne i nie stosuje się chemicznych pestycydów.

Ponadto wymogi rolnictwa ekologicznego promują wyższy standard dobrostanu zwierząt, respektując ich specyficzne potrzeby. Przepisy Unii Europejskiej dotyczące rolnictwa ekologicznego stanowią jasną strukturę dla całej UE, zapewniając wiarygodne oznakowanie produktów ekologicznych.

Twój wkład

Kupując 1 kg bananów, wspierasz offset średnio 0,53 kg CO2. 50% tego offsetu zostało przekazane na dwa wybrane projekty ochrony klimatu. Więcej o ilości offsetów dowiesz się z naszego śledzenia ID.

Organiczne banany Fairtrade

Nasze organiczne banany Fairtrade, oprócz jakości organicznej, posiadają certyfikat ze znakiem Fairtrade.

Ten certyfikat oznacza, że nasze banany pochodzą ze sprawiedliwego handlu, a przy ich produkcji spełnione zostały określone kryteria społeczne, ekologiczne i ekonomiczne.. Wszyscy rolnicy, którzy eksportują banany Fairtrade, posiadają certyfikat Fairtrade. Regularne audyty sprawdzają, czy spełnione są odpowiednie standardy Fairtrade.

Certyfikat daje konsumentom pewność, że drobni rolnicy i pracownicy otrzymali za swoje towary stabilną i sprawiedliwą cenę, która pokrywa koszty zrównoważonej produkcji. Ponadto za wszystkie produkty wypłacana jest premia Fairtrade. Rolnicy, którzy połączyli się w spółdzielnie, sami decydują, na co przeznaczana jest ta premia, np. na budowę studni z wodą pitną, budowę lub remont dróg i szkół, na opiekę medyczną lub na dokształcanie.

Kupując banany ze znakiem Fairtrade, konsumenci przyczyniają się do poprawy warunków życia i pracy drobnych producentów na całym świecie.

Your contribution

When you buy 1 kg of green asparagus, you support the compensation of 31.3 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

Your contribution

When you buy 1 kg of blueberries, you support the compensation of 0.99 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

Learn more about the compensated quantities via our ID tracking.

Your contribution

When you buy 1 kg of strawberries, you support the compensation of 0.83 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

Learn more about the compensated quantities via our ID tracking.

Your contribution

When you buy 1 kg of clementines, you support the compensation of 0.52 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

Learn more about the compensated quantities via our ID tracking.

Your contribution

When you buy 1 kg of bananas, you support the compensation of 0.53 kg CO2 on average. This compensation has benefitted two selected climate protection projects in equal parts.

Learn more about the compensated quantities via our ID tracking.

Organic Fairtrade bananas

Our organic Fairtrade bananas not only come in organic quality, but are also Fairtrade certified. 

The Fairtrade seal shows that our bananas originated from fair trade and that during their production, specific social, ecological and economic criteria were observed. All farmers who export Fairtrade bananas have the Fairtrade certification. Regular audits ensure that the relevant Fairtrade standards are adhered to.

The seal assures the consumers that the small farmers and workers receive a stable and fair price for their fruits, a price that covers the costs of a sustainable production. In addition, a Fairtrade premium is paid for every products. The farmers, who are organised in cooperatives, decide for themselves what the premium is used for. Possible examples would be the construction of wells for drinking water, the construction or renovation of roads and schools, medical care or further education and trainings.

So when they buy bananas with the Fairtrade seal, consumers help improve the living and working conditions of small producers all over the world.

Organic bananas

The label “organic” means that our bananas are cultivated and harvested according to the standard of organic farming. The aim of this agricultural method is to produce food by using only natural substances and processes with the objective of reducing the negative effects on the environment.

Organic farming includes:

  • responsible use of energy and natural resources
  • conservation of the biological diversity
  • preservation of the regional ecological balance
  • improvement of soil fertility and
  • preservation of water quality

As opposed to conventional bananas, high quality organic bananas are treated exclusively with organic fertilisers and never with chemical pesticides.

The demands on organic farming also promote a higher animal protection standard that considers the specific needs of animals. The provisions of the European Union for organic agriculture give a clear structure to the entire EU, thereby ensuring a reliable labelling of organic products.