Lloyd’s Register verifies OOCL’s greenhouse gas emissions data for second consecutive year

Confirmation of OOCL’s emissions data demonstrates the leading operator’s commitment to environmental performance and that its data is prepared with high accuracy, completeness, consistency, relevance and transparency.

Hong Kong, 9 July 2015 – Lloyd’s Register (LR) has, for the second consecutive year, verified Orient Overseas Container Line’s (OOCL) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data submitted to the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) Environmental Performance Metrics Assessment (EPMA) tool, as true and accurate. OOCL is one of the world's leading integrated international container transportation companies with a clear commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, and continues to be a strong industry proponent of emissions data integrity and environmental performance.

Commenting on the achievement, Mr. Simon Batters, LRQA Head of Strategic Marketing, said, “We are pleased to once again support OOCL’s green objectives and their efforts in environmental stewardship through our verification work. OOCL’s accomplishment is a testament to their environmental commitment, through publicly demonstrating yet again that the environmental performance data of their fleet is prepared with high accuracy, completeness and transparency. This latest achievement also builds on Lloyd’s Register’s solid track record of enabling shipowners to improve performance while reducing environmental impact.” 

The confirmation by Lloyd's Register Marine and LRQA – both of which are members of the LR Group and hereafter collectively referred to as LR – represents OOCL’s fourth consecutive time completing the verification by using the CCWG standard, and its second time conducting it in accordance with the principles of ISO 14064-1:2006. The ISO 14064 series is the ISO standard for GHG and gives guidance for the quantification and reporting, and validation and verification of GHG assertions.

Demonstrating OOCL’s long-term commitment to the reduction of GHG emissions from its business operations, the scope of work for calendar year 2014 was extended to include the indirect GHG emissions (Scope 21) associated with electricity consumption of OOCL’s head office in Hong Kong. Similar to last year, LR also conducted an assurance of the CO2 and SOx data submitted to the BSR CCWG and direct GHG emissions (Scope 1 ).

Mr. Stephen Ng, Director of Trades of OOCL said, “Environmental performance is core to OOCL’s operations, and Lloyd’s Register’s independent third-party assurance remains instrumental in helping us achieve this business requirement. By stretching the scope of the verification each year, we hope to steadily apply more of OOCL’s operations to the rigour of emissions data integrity and information management that is demanded of both the CCWG and ISO 14064 standards. Through this, we aim to enhance our sustainability profile and foster continuous improvement in the environmental and social performance aspects of freight transport by sharing information and promoting industry best practices.” 

The BSR CCWG is a global business-to-business initiative by major cargo carriers and their customers dedicated to environmental performance improvements in marine container transport through measurement, evaluation, and reporting. LR developed the verification procedure for BSR – the secretariat and facilitator of CCWG – that is now used by all CCWG verifiers. OOCL has been a CCWG member since 2003.

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