Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd (‘K’ Line) has tightened its CO2 emissions reduction target for 2030 after making better progress than expected since 2011.
It intends to cut emissions by 25% by 2030 compared to 2011 levels, and by half for 2050.
The Japanese carrier reduced its CO2 emissions by 13.6% last year against its 2011 ceiling, putting it ahead of the 10% it wanted to cut by 2019.
According to the shipping line, this progress is “a result of deployment of larger vessels, proactive initiatives for introducing advanced energy-saving technologies including electronically controlled engines, as well as slow steaming being continuously pursed through close cooperation at sea and on land with ship owners, vessels and ship management companies.”
In order to shrink emissions further, it plans to target both hardware and software.
The hardware side will include the “deployment of energy-saving vessels, continued review on energy diversification including liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled vessels as well as the adoption of energy-saving technologies to be retrofitted on existing vessels.”
The software strategy features the “use of big data obtained timely from vessels and the operational management for ballast navigation and anchorage under the energy management system which is now being introduced for thorough marine energy saving.”