APL announced a 47.4% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per container transported per kilometre in 2018, compared to its base level in 2009. The result comes after the Environmental Performance Assessment (EPA) of APL’s 2018 carbon dioxide emission data by the global non-profit organization Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR’s) Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG).
APL aligns with the CMA CGM’s commitment to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions per container transported per kilometre by 30% between 2015 and 2025, after the Group has achieved a 50% reduction between 2005 and 2015.
Ahead of the 2020 Global Sulphur Cap, APL will be using low-sulphur compliant fuel oil across its vessel fleet. It will also use air quality systems on some ships that clean emissions before they are released into the atmosphere. In addition, the company will deploy LNG-fueled ships. What is more, APL will focus more in environmental protection and ocean conservation as the Group takes delivery of nine new 22,000 TEU) LNG-fueled vessels from 2020 onwards.
Furthermore, limiting air pollutants, APL vessels equipped with cold ironing capabilities use shore power while they are berthed in US West Coast ports, as well as in Yantian after a successful pilot with the port.
APL Global Head for Safety Security and Environment, Dennis Yee, highlighted that:
As part of the CMA CGM Group, APL is firmly committed towards the protection of the environment and the reduction of its carbon footprint. Building upon the successful results we have achieved in this area, we are determined to persevere in our pursuits for excellence in sustainable shipping