“K” LINE Group is taking the initiative for building a highly energy efficient logistics infrastructure while we recognize that our business activities impose environmental impact on the global environment and continue to evaluate it,  setting various targets in order to continuously reduce them.

Environmental load data regarding fuel consumption and electricity consumption in domestic and foreign consolidated subsidiaries are gathered and aggregated by Eco Track, our environmental data aggregation system, with this data being used to understand environmental impact produced by business activities of the entire “K” LINE group. In that regard, we are dedicated to seeing that the environmental performance data are visually available to the public so as to implement additional measures as needed, after such annual environmental data is verified and certified by a third party. We welcome and will utilize any comments or reviews offered by stakeholders regarding additional measures needed in order to reinforce our determination to continuously improve “K” LINE Group’s business activities.

Third-Party Verification of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Data

The “K” LINE Group calculates its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol), an international standard for calculating and reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and receives third-party verification and a Verification Statement for data on emission of GHG generated in the course of every business activity of the company   ranging from the top on down.


DNV GL Group, a third-party institution applies ISO 14064 (international standards related to GHG calculation, reporting and verification) to verify “K” LINE’s data on GHG emissions and evaluates its validity, thus affirming the reliability of the data disclosed and improving transparency. “K” LINE has built a system for quantifying GHG emissions, and every year applies the above standards to accurately calculate, understand and evaluate its emissions, thus aiming to continuously reduce them. The target range is our consolidated range, which corresponds to almost 100% of sales.

CO2 emissions of the entire “K” LINE Group

Unit: Tons
Category 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Scope 1 13,267,268 12,971,192 13,417,625 12,536,134 10,325,224 9,202,613
Scope 2 Location basis 30,561 31,025 30,505 27,306 26,397 25,191
Market basis - 27,669 25,019 23,135 26,220 21,780
Scope 3 1,564,870 1,551,014 1,516,445 1,424,198 1,304,803 1,219,525

 

 

Results of Our Environmental Activities and (Future) Targets

Based on our environmental management system, we have continuously run our PDCA cycle. We have set our single year "environmental target" in line with the "K" LINE Environmental Vison 2050 and "K" LINE Group envirnmental Policy. We have appropriately reviewed our achievement and relay to set our target for next year. These "environmental targets" include not only measures related to ships operations, but also specific measures of office sites, such as waste reduction and water consumption reduction.

You can find “Results of Our Environmental Activities in 2020 and Future Targets” in the PDF attached below.

 

 

Environmental Accounting

Our Environmental Accounting report is made in accordance with the Japanese Ministry of the Environment's Environmental Reporting Guidelines 2018. The figures below are aggregated from the companies that comprise the Environmental Management System (EMS) of the “K” LINE Group. The amount of investment is the total cost for purchasing equipment used for carrying out the measures in each item. The amount of expenses is the total cost for depreciation, maintaining the equipment, treating waste, maintaining the EMS and other measures. From the year 2020, the period of our Environmental Accounting has been changed to Apirl - March in order to be consistent with the accounting period of the business. Both  the January - March 2020 period (three months) and the April 2020 - March 2021 period are listed.

Note: Figures in the tables below are rounded up or down to the nearest million. Accordingly, the sum of the values may differ from the total amount.

2020 Jan - Mar

Investment for Environmental Preservation

(million yen)
Category Details of Main Measures Investment
① Costs directly related
to shipping and logistics business
1. Prevention of pollution Prevention of air
pollution (*1)
1.5
Prevention of water
contamination
-
2. Preservation of the global
environment
Prevention of global
warming (*2)
145.3
Prevention of marine
pollution (*3)
7.0
3. Recycling of resources Efficient use of
resources (*4)
20.0
Recycling of industrial
waste
-
Waste treatment cost -
② Upstream and
downstream costs
1. Procurement of services that
help reduce environmental impact
Recycled and eco-friendly
products
-
③ Management costs 1. Maintaining and operating EMS Maintaining EMS -
2. Disclosure of environmental
information, environmental advertising
Issuance of Social and
Environmental Report
-
3. Monitoring of environmental impact Collection of environmental
data by ships
-
4. Environmental training, etc.
for employees
Environmental seminars
and training
-
④ Research and
development costs
1. Research and development of
products that contribute to
environmental preservation
Development of
environmentally
friendly ship and devices
-
⑤ Costs for social activities 1. Protection of natural environment,
greening, beautification,
and maintenance of landscape
Social contributions -
Total 173.8

Expenses for Environmental Preservation

(million yen)
Category Details of Main Measures Expenses
① Costs directly related
to shipping and logistics business
1. Prevention of pollution Prevention of air
pollution (*1)
42.7
Prevention of water
contamination
-
2. Preservation of the global
environment
Prevention of global
warming (*2)
287.3
Prevention of marine
pollution (*3)
77.0
3. Recycling of resources Efficient use of
resources (*4)
29.3
Recycling of industrial
waste
0.1
Waste treatment cost 42.6
② Upstream and
downstream costs
1. Procurement of services that
help reduce environmental impact
Recycled and eco-friendly
products
-
③ Management costs 1. Maintaining and operating EMS Maintaining EMS 15.6
2. Disclosure of environmental
information, environmental advertising
Issuance of Social and
Environmental Report
11.7
3. Monitoring of environmental impact Collection of environmental
data by ships
11.8
4. Environmental training, etc.
for employees
Environmental seminars
and training
9.0
④ Research and
development costs
1. Research and development of
products that contribute to
environmental preservation
Development of
environmentally
friendly ship and devices
15.9
⑤ Costs for social activities 1. Protection of natural environment,
greening, beautification,
and maintenance of landscape
Social contributions -
Total 543.2

*1 Devices for collecting dust from exhaust gas, ABC(Automatic boiler controle), devices for injecting combustion improver
*2 Dual fueld main engine and auxiliary engines capable of operating on either LNG or marine Gas Oil, exhaust gas economizers, turbo generators, electronically-controlled engines, energy-saving automatic steering device
*3 Stern tube air seals, central cooling systems, electronic control of deck equipment, installation of pipes and tanks for preventing overflow
*4 α system, SIP system

Economic Effects by Environmental Preservation Measures

Amount
Estimated economic effects by environmental
preservation measures (million yen)
1,265.0

2020 Apr - 2021 Mar

Investment for Environmental Preservation

(million yen)
Category Details of Main Measures Investment
① Costs directly related
to shipping and logistics business
1. Prevention of pollution Prevention of air
pollution (*1)
8.5
Prevention of water
contamination
-
2. Preservation of the global
environment
Prevention of global
warming (*2)
2,435.3
Prevention of marine
pollution (*3)
74.0
3. Recycling of resources Efficient use of
resources (*4)
40.0
Recycling of industrial
waste
-
Waste treatment cost -
② Upstream and
downstream costs
1. Procurement of services that
help reduce environmental impact
Recycled and eco-friendly
products
-
③ Management costs 1. Maintaining and operating EMS Maintaining EMS -
2. Disclosure of environmental
information, environmental advertising
Issuance of Social and
Environmental Report
-
3. Monitoring of environmental impact Collection of environmental
data by ships
-
4. Environmental training, etc.
for employees
Environmental seminars
and training
-
④ Research and
development costs
1. Research and development of
products that contribute to
environmental preservation
Development of
environmentally
friendly ship and devices
-
⑤ Costs for social activities 1. Protection of natural environment,
greening, beautification,
and maintenance of landscape
Social contributions -
Total 2,557.7

Expenses for Environmental Preservation

(million yen)
Category Details of Main Measures Expenses
① Costs directly related
to shipping and logistics business
1. Prevention of pollution Prevention of air
pollution (*1)
171.3
Prevention of water
contamination
-
2. Preservation of the global
environment
Prevention of global
warming (*2)
1,247.4
Prevention of marine
pollution (*3)
311.3
3. Recycling of resources Efficient use of
resources (*4)
119.2
Recycling of industrial
waste
0.5
Waste treatment cost 170.5
② Upstream and
downstream costs
1. Procurement of services that
help reduce environmental impact
Recycled and eco-friendly
products
0.2
③ Management costs 1. Maintaining and operating EMS Maintaining EMS 62.3
2. Disclosure of environmental
information, environmental advertising
Issuance of Social and
Environmental Report
46.8
3. Monitoring of environmental impact Collection of environmental
data by ships
47.2
4. Environmental training, etc.
for employees
Environmental seminars
and training
36.1
④ Research and
development costs
1. Research and development of
products that contribute to
environmental preservation
Development of
environmentally
friendly ship and devices
109.8
⑤ Costs for social activities 1. Protection of natural environment,
greening, beautification,
and maintenance of landscape
Social contributions -
Total 2,322.6

Economic Effects by Environmental Preservation Measures

Amount
Estimated economic effects by environmental
preservation measures (million yen)
5,072.4

*1 Devices for collecting dust from exhaust gas, ABC(Automatic boiler controle), devices for injecting combustion improver
*2 Dual fueld main engine and auxiliary engines capable of operating on either LNG or marine Gas Oil, exhaust gas economizers, turbo generators, electronically-controlled engines, energy-saving automatic steering device
*3 Stern tube air seals, central cooling systems, electronic control of deck equipment, installation of pipes and tanks for preventing overflow
*4 α system, SIP system

Transitions in expenses and effects obtained from Environmental Conservation Measures

The following is the transition of "expenses for environmental conservation measures" and "effects obtained from environmental conservation measures". Regarding the effects, in addition to the economic effects (effects that can be expressed in monetary amounts), the environmental conservation effects (effects that cannot be expressed in monetary amounts) in environmental performance are summarized in the "Environmental load data" in the next section.

(million yen)
2020 Jan-Mar 2020 Apr - 2021 Mar
Expenses for environmental
preservation
543.2 2,322.6
Estimated economic effects by environmental
preservation measures
1,265.0 5,072.4

※Regarding to the environmental conservation effects, please refer to "Environmental Load Data" below.

Total (Amount) of Environment-related Fines, etc.

Amount
Total (amount) of environment-related fines, etc. (million yen) 0

 

 

Environmental Load Data

The Environmental load data of the “K” Line group covers consolidated subsidiaries, and almost 100% of consolidated sales are covered.

Environmental Data of “K” Line Vessels

INPUT

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Fuel oil (tons) 3,872,209 4,101,514 3,823,776 3,140,039 2、809,074

OUTPUT

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CO2 emissions (tons) 12,079,216 12,796,649 11,932,022 9,799,932 8,761,756
SOx emissions (tons) 183,292 195,166 188,102 129,786 35,983
NOx emissions (tons) 274,430 284,326 262,226 202,678 181,429

Environmental Data per Transportation Unit of “K” Line’s vessels

* Index for transporting one ton of cargo one nautical mile (1,852 meters).

Input of energy per freight ton-mile

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Fuel oil(g/ton-mile) 1.67 1.66 1.65 1.51 1.39
Lub.oil(g/ton-mile) 0.014 0.014 0.014 0.013 0.012

Volume of CO2 emissions per freight ton-mile※ (gram-CO2/ton-mile)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
All types of vessels 5.31 5.36 5.32 4.82 4.49
Containerships 9.11 9.25 8.43 7.70 7.03
Bulk carriers+Tankers 3.04 2.99 2.98 2.86 2.75

*1 We have achieved a reduction of more than 10% compared to the 2011 level in our 2015 performance. As a result, we were able to achieve the 2019 target set in “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 “ahead of schedule, so we set the 2030 target” 25% reduction compared with 2011. Please refer to here” for details of the goal setting etc.

 

*2 It is an initiative about Science Based Target for greenhouse gas reduction and a joint initiative between CDP, UNGC (United Nations Global Compact), WRI (World Resources Institute) and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), which checks whether the companies’ medium-term reduction targets (5-15 years) for greenhouse gases are consistent with the level of necessary decarbonization for achieving the long-term “2℃ goal” based on their own science-based CO_{2} emission standard. Please refer to here” for details on the background of SBT establishment.

 

*3“K” Line is pleased to introduce “K” Line Environmental Vision 2050 as its long-term environmental management vision for global environmental conservation toward 2050 in order to realize a sustainable society and to hand on the blue and beautiful oceans to the next generation by contributing to society for the well-being and prosperous lifestyle of people around the world. Please refer to “here” for details.

Volume of SOX emissions per freight ton-mile※ (gram-SOX/ton-mile)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
All types of vessels 0.082 0.081 0.08 0.067 0.022

Volume of NOX emissions per freight ton-mile※ (gram-NOX/ton-mile)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
All types of vessels 0.118 0.115 0.112 0.097 0.089

Waste generation, etc(All types of vessels)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Bilge(m3/ship-month) 4.98 4.14 5.54 4.15 4.02
Sludge*(m3/ship-month) 4.2 3.6 4.1 3.9 4.0
Garbage on board (m3/ship-month) 3.7 4.0 4.0 3.5 3.5

Residues of fuels or lubricating oil after purification process

Gray water from “K” Line Vessels (owned ships) (MT)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
All types of vessels 82,887.8 78,768.8 90,841.8 82,485.0 64,421.6

Environmental Data of Offices

Electricity (kWh)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Annual consumption 841,007 825,971 821,109 789,971 736,212
Annual consumption per person 912 881 866 860 836

Office Paper (sheet)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Annual consumption 4,845,644 4,619,249 4,406,968 3,852,224 2,178,527
Annual consumption per person 5,256 4,951 4,649 4,196 2,473

Water (m3)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Annual consumption 599 584 546 509 318
Annual consumption per person 0.90 0.86 0.79 0.75 0.50

Total quantity of recycle

Ship recycle(Ton)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
All types of vessels 76,268 18,509 5,923 13,774 114,055

Waste (ton)

Waste (ton)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
All offices 1,364 1,564 1,022 823 571

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
All vesseles 10,629 8,475 9,110 7,477 6,361

Environmental Data of “K” Line Group

Energy

2016
(23 domestic,
44 overseas objects)
2017
(23 domestic,
43 overseas objects)
2018
(20 domestic,
34 overseas objects)
2019
(20 domestic,
35 overseas objects)
2020
(19 domestic,
37 overseas objects)
Gasoline (KL) 3,291
LPG (ton) 133.6
Kerosene (KL) 86
Diesel oil (KL) 9,174
City gas (m3) 239,808
Water (m3) 165,119 148,013 101,239 102,171 96,018