The Panama Canal published the January data from the CO2 Emissions Dashboard, which calculates the CO2 emissions saved by ships that transit the Panama Canal.
The figures indicate that customers saved a million tons of CO2 emissions in the first month of 2021. This translates to each transit saving an average of 1,206 tons of CO2 emissions.
In addition, similar to the overall 2020 results announced in January, the containers segment was the main market segment of saved emissions followed by chemical tankers, dry bulk and LPG carriers.
The CO2 Emissions Dashboard aims to inform how the maritime industry adopts initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint. This is informed through the Emissions Calculator, which enables shipping lines to measure their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions.
The data we will gather at the Canal for this dashboard will better inform our environmental practices and encourage customers to reduce their CO2 emissions in transit. This is an important step, but we will also need international cooperation and policy implementation to safeguard the future of the environment and make a lasting impact in shipping
stated Alexis Rodriguez, Panama Canal Environmental Specialist.