A Japanese consortium is to provide new infrastructure services with a focus on electric vessels. Their newly established company, called e5 Lab., will work to develop and promote the greater use of these clean modes of marine transport by building the world’s first zero-emission tanker by mid 2021.
MOL announced a plan to issue ‘Sustainability Bonds’ through a public offering in Japan’s domestic market in July this year. It also announced the acquisition of a preliminary evaluation from a third-party institute. Sustainability bonds are used to finance and refinance green projects, which protect and improve the environment, and social projects.
During the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) meeting, a new global international hydrogen partnership was announced under the leadership of the United States, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the European Commission with participation of several other CEM member countries.
Japan has approved ratification of the ‘International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001’ and the ‘Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007’. Japan also amended the ‘Act on Liability for Oil Pollution Damage’ (the Act) in order to reflect the provisions of the two conventions. The amended Act will apply by March 2020.
Japan’s recently-announced decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) -which means to continue commercial whaling after more than 30 years-, has spurred different reactions across environmental organizations across the globe.
At the 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission, Humane Society International is calling on governments to reject Japan’s proposal to introduce an amendment that would directly nullify the moratorium on commercial whaling.
After spending more than three decades slaughtering whales in defiance of an international moratorium on commercial whaling, Japan is proposing a package of measures at an International Whaling Commission meeting next month that would effectively lift the global ban on for-profit whaling.
According to marine biologists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Williams College and other institutions nearly 300 coastal species were detected in Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, after the tsunami in Japan in 2011, which crossed the ocean by attaching on debris.
The Japanese and Indonesian governments are exploring a plan to supply power to Indonesian islands through ships that generate electricity using LNG. This is expected to be the first ever instance of full-scale LNG power generation at sea.
Japanese “K”Line Group informed that it has begun implementation of “DRIVE GREEN NETWORK”, its recently established environmental management system. DGN targets to strengthen environmental management, set environmental policies and improve environmental conservation activities through the PDCA cycle.
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