Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Freight Line Halves Emissions in Seven Years

APL Smashes Intended Target and Plans for More
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – Container shipping line APL, has recorded its highest reduction of fleet carbon dioxide emissions, down 48% in 2016 compared to its base level in 2009. Verified by Lloyd's Register Group according to the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) verification protocol and ISO14064-3:2006 standard, this achievement marks APL's seventh consecutive year of improvements. APL Chief Executive Officer, Nicolas Sartini who champions APL's sustainability course, said:

“APL is pleased to register our best carbon reduction performance as yet, improving our fleet emission level by about 3%, versus our reduction in 2015. APL prides ourselves as a responsible carrier and will persevere in our pursuits of environmental excellence as we facilitate global trade.”

APL’s vessel performance management and maintenance strategy have been pivotal in ensuring that its operations stay efficient and thus green. Through continual improvements in operational efficiencies, fleet and voyage optimisation, as well as the deployment of a fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly fleet of vessels, APL has successfully lowered its fleet carbon dioxide emission levels annually.

APL’s original target, to reduce CO2 emissions 30% below the 2009 baseline level by 2015, was achieved two years early when APL successfully reduced CO2 emissions by 33.8% in 2013. In 2016, the shipper's fleet CO2 emission was further reduced to 48% compared to 2009.

Moving forward, APL aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions per container transported by 30% between 2015 and 2025, a target set by the CMA CGM Group. APL will also persist with cold-ironing development and pioneer ballast water treatment development, amongst others, by embracing technology innovation, clean energy sources and best practices.

Through stakeholder collaborations and engagements, APL hopes to continue to navigate the developments in shipping, monitor its environmental scorecard and stay accessible to solutions for sustainable shipping. Sartini continued:

“APL believes that every stakeholder plays a role in protecting our environment. This is also why our sustainability programmes are being extended to our customers so that they too can make a difference in reducing carbon footprint via their shipments with APL. Through collaborative opportunities, we seek to help APL shippers design and manage their green supply chain.”