Japanese shipping company NYK is claiming to have achieved country’s first carbon-neutral sea voyage through the purchase of carbon credits to offset emissions.
The carbon-neutral voyage was achieved by the company’s flagship car carrier, Aries Leader, during a trip from Japan to the Middle East.
NYK says to carbon-neutral status, the company purchased carbon credits to offset approximately 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide emitted during the voyage.
The credits were purchased from a wind power project in West India which supplies about 375 GWh of clean electricity annually.
The 7,000 ceu Aries Leader was delivered in 2014 and is equipped with technologies that help the vessel achieve approximately 30 percent less emissions compared to standard pure car and carriers.
“This initiative demonstrates the ability of NYK to provide carbon-neutral transportation to its Japanese and overseas customers, thus meeting the demand for a more sustainable, carbon-free supply chain,” the company said in a press release. “NYK will propose and expand its carbon offsets to customers as an option that benefits the environment and contributes to a zero-carbon-footprint supply chain.”