MOL Conducts Carbon-Offset Voyage With Car Carrier – Offsetting CO2 Emissions From Ocean Transport Of Completed Cars

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today announced that one of the company’s car carriers completed a carbon-offset voyage for the ocean transportation of completed cars from Japan to Europe by using voluntary carbon credits. This initiative was conducted as a pilot case to study the specific use of carbon credits in ocean shipping to compensate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which are difficult to reduce using currently available technology.

Completed cars from Mazda Motor Corporation (Representative Director, President and CEO: Akira Marumoto; Headquarters: Aki-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture) were loaded on the MOL-operated Beluga Ace, and the vessel departed the Port of Hiroshima on April 18, arrived at the Port of Bristol, the U.K., on May 28.
CO2 emissions during the voyage between Japan and Europe reached about 4,000 tons including all processes from production through consumption of fuel oil. The calculation method of the volume was properly verified by the third-party verification body Bureau Veritas. The entire process, from calculating CO2 emissions including the verification process to compensating all CO2 emissions with carbon credits, was also certified by the third-party certification body Climate Neutral Commodity.

Car Carrier
Credits: MOL

MOL used carbon credits generated from afforestation and reforestation projects in Ghana and China (Note 3) for this initiative. Both projects are certified by the international carbon credit standard management body Verra (Note 4), and the credits were generated within the past five years. In addition, these projects contribute not only to absorbing and removing CO2 from the atmosphere (Note 5), but also to several co-benefits such as biodiversity conservation and job creation for local communities.

Reference: MOL

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