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APL fleet achieves 47% reduction in carbon emissions since 2009

Container carrier APL announced that its fleet has achieved a 47.4% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per container transported per kilometre in 2018, compared to its base level in 2009.

The result follows the Environmental Performance Assessment (EPA) of APL’s 2018 CO2 emission data by the global non-profit organisation Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR) Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG).

The Clean Cargo EPA data was verified by Lloyd’s Register Group according to the Clean Cargo verification protocol and principles of ISO14064-3:2006 standard.

“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,” said Dennis Yee, APL global head for safety security and environment.

The latest APL fleet carbon emissions reduction result follows CMA CGM’s recent announcement on reinforcing its environmental objectives.

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APL is aligned with CMA CGM’s ambitious commitment to reduce its CO2 emissions per container transported per kilometre by 30% between 2015 and 2025, after the group has achieved a 50% reduction between 2005 and 2015.

APL said the emissions reduction is made possible by driving operational efficiencies, fleet and voyage optimisation, as well as the deployment of fuel efficient vessels.

In view of the upcoming IMO 2020 global regulation on limiting fuel sulphur content to 0.5%, APL will use low sulphur compliant fuels across its fleet, and deploy LNG-fuelled ships. The carrier will take delivery of nine new 22,000-teu LNG-powered containerships from 2020 onwards.

In addition, APL vessels fitted with cold ironing devices use shore power while at berth in the US West Coast ports, and in China’s Yantian after a successful pilot with the port.

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