Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Kobe Steel announced that the companies have offset carbon dioxide emissions from fuel used in ocean transport of iron ore from Australia to Japan, through the use of voluntary carbon credits generated from the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve project in Indonesia.
Both companies believe optimal and effective approaches to reduce CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain are essential to realize a sustainable society. While MOL seeks co-creation with other companies on measures that the company can take now to achieve the target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Kobe Steel, which set “Contributing to a green society” as its Group’s materiality, agrees with the idea. This has led the companies to team up on this carbon offset.
The offsetting took place for the Capesize bulker under MOL’s operation, Shinzan Maru, which is exclusively engaged in a long-term iron ore transport contract with Kobe Steel. The voyage took about six weeks from Port Walcott, Australia, to Kakogawa Works in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture, where the iron ore was unloaded. The CO2emissions from the Shinzan Maru during this period were calculated to be about 2,875 tons for the entire process from fuel oil production to consumption on the vessel.
The carbon credits used for this carbon offset have been certified by Verra, which operates the world’s leading voluntary carbon credit standards, and generated within the past five years. In addition, the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve project contributes not only to CO2 emission reductions, but also to co-benefits such as biodiversity conservation and job creation for local communities.
MOL and Kobe Steel hope to use this opportunity to accelerate co-creation with various stakeholders with the aim of effectively reducing CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain and contributing to society.
MOL’s initiatives for the environment
MOL Group set a target of achieving net zero GHG emissions by 2050 in the “MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.1,” announced in June 2021. While its first priority is to reduce emissions to the maximum extent possible through research and development of zero-emission vessels and updating its fleet with low-carbon vessels, it will also strive to create natural and technology-based negative emissions through collaboration with diverse stakeholders. MOL’s unique effort includes its participation in the First Movers Coalition (FMC) as the first Japanese company with the aim of boosting demand for decarbonization technology.
MOL expects this initiative to contribute especially to the realization of “Environment -Conservation for Marine and global environment-” and “Human & Community -Contributing to the growth and development of people and communities-.”