The Car Transportation Division focuses on providing transportation services with ever-lower environmental impact while remaining cost competitive. In 2021, we started the “Sail GREEN” project, which aims to provide globally connected greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction services for finished vehicle logistics. Through the project, we aim to reduce GHG emissions, not only in marine transport operations but also at finished vehicle logistics terminals around the world, as well as inland transport operations. The major objective of the project is to provide the emission reductions achieved to our customers’ supply chains. We are working on a range of innovations targeting both hardware measures such as the use of LNG-fuelled pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) that emit less CO2 than conventional heavy-oil based engines, and intangible measures, such as using precise calculations to improve the operating efficiency of vessels and trucks used in land transportation operations in order to minimise fuel consumption.
For example, in transport services from Japan to Europe, we can load vehicles to vessels at terminals that use 100% renewable electricity and carry them to Europe on LNG-fuelled PCTCs. Along the way, the cargo can be transhipped onto LNG-fuelled PCTCs sailing within the European region at terminals with wind power generators and recycled water facilities to carry the vehicles to their final destination. Using this approach, the project aims to encourage GHG reductions across every section of the value chain, from loading through to landing at the final destination, rather than confining reductions to a single section of the supply chain.