OOCL announced the launch of the OOCL Carbon Calculator on April 27, 2010. The calculator is designed to assist OOCL customers in measuring the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in their supply chain. OOCL’s carbon calculator is the first emissions calculator of its kind to offer multiple shipment searches, and full intermodal data using actual emissions figures from OOCL ships. It offers customers a user-friendly interface, allowing them to generate excel reports according to their preferred shipment.
“China recently announced it would reduce its carbon intensity by 40-45% by 2020. Hong Kong is part of China, and Hong Kong businesses have a leadership role to play in this emissions reduction strategy. We believe all business have a responsibility to reduce harmful emissions and to minimize their effect on the global environment,” said Mr Philip Chow, CEO of OOCL. “At OOCL, over the past decade we have implemented new technologies, new vessel designs and a fuel saving program to help reduce harmful pollutants. This new carbon calculator demonstrates OOCL’s commitment to environmental care and our drive to help our customers achieve the lowest possible carbon footprint in their end-to-end supply chain.”
“We noticed that our customers are becoming increasingly concerned about their carbon emissions on specific routes. We listened to their needs and this calculator provides a useful tool to help them with their calculations. Of course, our team is standing by ready to help in case of any tailor-made enquiries. We also aim to refresh the data on a quarterly basis, to allow customers to have the most updated emissions results for their shipments,” explained Mr Chow. “We are grateful for the support of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in their verification of our calculator and our emissions reduction programme.”
The calculator results are based on OOCL's vessel fleet carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions data, using Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) calculation methodology. The materiality, completeness and accuracy of the processes, data and methodology were verified by PolyU (Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies).
Professor John Liu, Head of Department of Logistics and Maritime studies at PolyU, said that this is a significant achievement for Hong Kong and represents a move towards higher awareness of both carriers and shippers about their effect on the environment.
“Carbon emission reductions matter for all of us, and our future. We are very pleased that we could combine our environmental research results and our academic expertise in the area to offer an independent verification to OOCL adding value to this meaningful initiative. We would upkeep our efforts in advancing and applying scientific knowledge, and work hand in hand with industries to pursue low-carbon shipping and green logistics,” said Prof. Liu.