Targets and Plans

Using an environmental management indicator to monitoring CO2 emissions from ships and set reduction targets

NYK has been making efforts to address climate change by reducing GHG emissions from the company’s ships. To achieve this goal, the company has introduced an environmental-management indicator to establish and manage reduction targets for vessel CO2 emissions.
Our indicator, which is based on IMO* guidelines, determines CO2 emissions per unit of vessel-transport work, and our proprietary Ecoreport data-management system allows us to calculate our performance and manage our goals. Fiscal 2016 showed a 11.4 percent improvement compared with fiscal 2010, thus allowing us to achieve our first target of a 10 percent reduction.
NYK continues to strive for more efficient operations through the company’s Save Bunker activities to achieve the goals set forth in the company's “More Than Shipping 2018” medium-term management plan.

Environmental management indicator (Based on IMO guidelines) = Environmental load (CO<sub>2</sub> emissions from vessel transportation) / Value added by the business (Mass of cargo in tons x transport distance in kilometers) | Target 1:To achieve 10% improvement in fuel efficiency by fiscal year 2015 from fiscal year 2010 levels. | Target 2:To achieve 15% improvement in fuel efficiency by fiscal year 2018 from fiscal year 2010 levels.
*1 IMO
International Maritime Organization
A UN specialist organization to promote intergovernmental cooperation and formulate treaties and protocols covering technical and legal questions in marine transport and shipping

Environmental management indicator for certain types of vessels

Type of Vessel Environmental management indicator
(Unit: g-CO2/ton・km)
Improvement rate
Fiscal Year 2010 Fiscal Year 2016 From Fiscal 2010 to Fiscal 2016
VLCCs 3.11 3.21 -3.2%
Car Carriers 47.60 46.45 2.3%
Containerships 11.17 8.36 25.2%

* A decline in the environmental management indicator represents an improvement.
* The index for car carriers is large because they have a small weight/capacity ratio.

GHQ Environmental Management Program for FY2016
(Reviewed as of March 2017)

  • Self-assessment Criteria
  • A: Achieved,
  • B: More than 70%,
  • C: Less than 70%
Targets Action Plan Intermediate Review Self
1 Using ISO 14001 certification to promote environmental activities
  1. Maintain and expand NYK Group multi-site environmental certification
  2. Step up NYK Group multi-site environmental initiatives
  3. Continually improve EMS manual
  4. Prepare for new certification standard, ISO14001:2015
  1. Maintain activities appropriate for communities and businesses, and expand certification as requested by customers
  2. Implement internal audits of corporate divisions, hold discussions with Group companies, and external audits by external organizations
  3. Operate and continually improve systems based on EMS manual
  4. Formulate an ISO14001:2015 EMS manual
  1. Added one new site (YLK Germany) and subtracted two sites (Oceania [1] and Europe [1])
    Total: 55 companies, 146 sites
  2. Improvement requests resulting from audits: 29 from internal audits and 29 from external audits
  3. Manual revisions: 1
  4. Conducted a GAP analysis and held briefings
2 Adherence to domestic and international laws and regulations, formulation of and adherence to industry and Company standards
  1. Identify and rigorously adhere to treaties, laws, and regulations that impact vessels
  2. Contribute to formulation of international rules for realization of sustainable societies through industry-wide effort
  1. Update NAV9000 specifications to ensure compliance with ISO9001:2015
  2. Proactively participate in the formulation of international rules
  1. Ensured compliance with ISO9001:2015
  2. Participated in industry body steering committees and the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
3 Reduction of fleet accidents
  1. Eliminate major accidents
  2. Reduce fleet downtime (10 hours/year/vessel)
    3. Conduct emergency preparedness and response
  1. Conduct NAV9000 audit
  2. Promote Near Miss 3000 activities
    (increase companies to be covered).
  3. Hold various safety promotion meetings and safety seminars
  4. Distribute safety information
  5. Conduct safety and security campaigns
  6. Continue activities to minimize fleet downtime
  7. Conduct emergency response exercises and reviews
  8. Conduct media response training and reviews
  1. Audited 303 vessels / 32 companies, 1,222 improvement proposals
  2. Near Miss scope: 42 companies / 63,698 reports
  3. Held fleet safety promotion meetings, a Global SEMC safety meeting, and meetings among president, captains, and chief engineers
  4. Implemented as appropriate (total: 41 vessels)
  5. Visited 497 vessels / 889 participants
  6. Downtime (total): 11.2 hours / vessel
    Downtime due to engine trouble 3.0 hours / vessel
  7. Held 6 exercises and reviews
  8. Held a seminar with a media consultant (November)
Maintenance and reinforcement of security and sharing of information
Share information throughout the NYK Group and with concerned parties
  1. Hold meetings of Safety and Environmental Management Committee
  2. Conduct assemblies of the NYK Group Environmental Management Conference
  3. Permeate understanding of the NYK Group Environmental Management Guidelines
  4. Conduct emergency drills in NYK building
  1. Held at appropriate times for each vessel type (May–June 2016)
  2. Conducted in November 2016
  3. Collected Environmental Action Plans (100% collection rate)
  4. Conducted twice (September 2016, March 2017)
4 Prevention of global warming (Reduction of CO2 emissions)
  1. Establish environmental management benchmarks: improve fuel efficiency by 15% from fiscal 2010 levels by fiscal 2018
  2. Determine total CO2 emissions for NYK Group
  1. Extract data from SPAS for more accurate monitoring and calculation of environmental management indicator
  2. Use environmental performance data tabulation system
  1. Collected data from 499 vessels (11.4% improvement from fiscal 2010)
  2. Installed the new ECO TRACK system, which collects data from 150 offices (overseas) and 47 companies / 251 offices (in Japan)
Prevention of air pollution (Reduction of NOx and Sox emissions)
Reduce NOx and SOx emissions
  1. Increase usage of electronically controlled engines
  2. Cooperate with California Speed Reduction Programme
  3. Make onshore power charging (AMP) equipment compliant with global standards
  4. Utilize AMP equipment (container-type)
  5. Cooperate with SCR onboard testing
  6. Rigorously enforce EU and California low-sulfur fuel guidelines
  1. Used electronically controlled engines in 11 vessels in fiscal 2016
  2. Compliance rate: Los Angeles: 99% (20 miles)
  3. Began installing and operating global standard-compliant AMP equipment for containerships
  4. Vessels with equipment for onshore power charging: 32 vessels
  5. Vessels with NOx / SOx emission reduction equipment (LNG fueled): 4 vessels
  6. All vessels using low-sulfur fuel
Introduction and use of equipment that reduces marine pollution, conserves and recycles resources, lowers emissions of toxic substance emissions, and protects biodiversity
  1. Advance installation of ballast water management systems
  2. Scrap ships in an environment-friendly manner
  3. Advance installation of NYK Total Bilge System
  1. Expand installation
  2. Adhere to 'NYK Standards' on ship recycling
  3. Actively install in new built ships
  1. Installed on 7 vessels in fiscal 2016
  2. Recycled all vessels (5 vessels) at compliant yards in fiscal 2016
  3. Installed in 11 vessels in fiscal 2016
Reduction of office environmental burden
Reduce usage of paper, water, and electricity by 0.1% relative to fiscal 2015 Endeavour to reduce usage of paper, water, and electricity Compared with fiscal 2015
Paper: -3.23%
Water: +4.69%
Electricity: +4.03%
5 Contribution to environmental protection through research and development of new technologies
  1. Modify containerships to realize energy-efficient operations
  2. Construct smart fleet operation system
  1. Modify bulbous bows and install energy-saving equipment based on operation profiles
  2. Promote installation of Ship Information Management System (SIMS2) and develop necessary software for energy-efficient operations
  1. Analyzed SPAS / SIMS data, verified fuel consumption-reducing effects of hull modifications, and confirmed results to be generally in line with plans
  2. For the fourth and final year of the project, promoted functional development and installation of SIMS2, completed installation on six vessels, and encouraged data utilization
6 Stimulation of interest in environmental protection activities
  1. Conduct environmental training
  2. Conduct environmental e-learning programs
  3. Step up dissemination of information to employees
  1. Hold training and workshops
  2. Create content for environmental e-learning program, and increase participant numbers
  3. Feature environmental activities in internal newsletter, and conduct environmental preservation campaign
  1. Conducted training for new employees / CSR training
  2. Conducted environmental e-learning programs (November-February)
    Participants: 8,883
    Participation rate: 91%
    (Participant count decreased by roughly 3,000 as Yusen Logistics Group companies conducted their own programs)
  3. Continued to publish environment-related articles and conducted in-house environmental campaign (June-October)
Disclosure of environmental information
  1. Provide up-to-date environmental information through website
  2. Disclose CO2 emissions information
  1. Revise and update information contained on website
  2. Update CO2 e-calculator data, participate in CCWG of BSR (U.S. NPO), and verify Scope 3 data
  1. Updated once (October)
  2. Updated CO2 e-calculator data (October), submitted data to CCWG, and completed third-party verification for GHG Scope 1, 2 and 3 (June).
Supporting social contribution activities
Promote volunteer activity related to environmental protection Promote participation in environmental activities
  1. 17 NYK Group staff members participated in the Tohoku Post-Tsunami Ecosystem Monitoring Project sponsored by Earthwatch Institute- Japan
  2. Respond to interview, conducted presentation (2times)
    Provision of materials to marine events, such as model of NYK SES 2030(12times)

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