Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines’ unit, APL has announced a reduction of its fleet carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 45.5% in 2015, marking APL’s highest CO2 emission reduction in the last six years.
According to the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) verification protocol and ISO14064-3:2006 standard, Lloyd’s Register Group has verified APL’s CO2 emissions data.
APL president Kenneth Glenn said: "APL has steadily reduced its year-on-year carbon emissions and this demonstrates the company’s unyielding focus on sustainable shipping.
"APL is dedicated to sound environmental stewardship and will persevere in our efforts to live out our commitments to protecting the environment."
According to APL, a range of factors has propelled the reduction in emissions, which includes an enhanced operational efficiency, fleet and voyage optimisation, technical improvements coupled with induction of more fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly vessels into the fleet.
APL’s maintenance strategy has also been attributed in the maintenance of a clean and green vessel operation, paving the way for a reduced CO2 emission that involved a dedicated programme through data collection and analysis to ensure an optimal ship performance with minimum environmental impact.
The company advocates utilising carbon-efficient means of moving cargo in a global economy while serving as a member of the BSR Clean CCWG. APL supports other stakeholders in monitoring CCWG’s approach to improving global goods transport, namely performance measurement and reporting, as well as promotion of environmentally responsible practices.
Making use of tools to track and benchmark its performance, APL assists shipping companies in making informed decisions while choosing an environmentally-responsible carrier.
Image: APL’s CO2 emission reduction since 2009. Photo: courtesy of APL.