The Sea Cargo Charter, a global framework for assessing and disclosing the climate alignment of chartering activities, today released its annual report covering 2022, highlighting the disclosure of emissions data from shipping companies’ activities.

In this second edition of the Sea Cargo Charter Annual Disclosure Report, the average climate alignment of Signatory companies is at the same level as in 2021 but the variation of data has decreased significantly. This is due to several reasons, including changes carried out to the chemical and liquified gas tanker baselines, as well as trade patterns and better operational efficiency.

The 33 Signatories, which disclose the climate alignment of their chartering activity for 2022, account for more than 17% of total bulk cargo transported by sea over the year. Their average reporting rate has increased since last year to 90%.


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In the Sea Cargo Charter Annual Disclosure Report, the Signatories disclose the climate alignment of their activities for the second time, using the Energy Efficiency Operational Indicator (EEOI) as a metric.

"The data in the Sea Cargo Charter report shows Signatories’ dedication to measuring and reporting transparently their climate impact as an essential first step towards reducing emissions",
said Rasmus Bach Nielsen, Chair of the Sea Cargo Charter Association and Global Head of Fuel Decarbonisation at Trafigura

Complex scores
According to the report, the simple average score of reporting Signatories in the Sea Cargo Charter report, i.e., all reported climate alignment scores calculated with equal weight, was 1.6% and the median was 2.7%.

Without data on each Signatory’s total shipping activity, it was not possible to calculate a weighted average, which would be a more appropriate statistic to summarize the distribution of scores given that Signatories have different trades and levels of activity.

Scores ranged from -21.8% to 21.4%, and 60% of reporting Signatories had a score of +5% or less. These alignment scores are based on an average reporting rate of 90% from Signatories of their annual activity. A negative score implies alignment while a positive score denotes misalignment to the decarbonisation trajectory.

Calls for ambitious MEPC80

"We would like to add our voice to those calling for ambitious targets on decarbonisation to be adopted at the IMO meeting to adopt a revised Strategy for Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from ships", said Rasmus Bach Nielsen

Nielsen hopes and believes the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will agree on significantly more ambitious targets at the upcoming Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting (MEPC80) in July.


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At the association’s annual meeting in April, Signatories continued the ongoing discussion of how to make the reporting more robust and whether to raise the ambition level. However, many members were keen to wait for the outcome of the MEPC80 meeting, as the results will have big implications on the industry’s ability to deliver on the Paris Agreement temperature increase goal.

"The data in the report is thus a basis for further developing cooperation with shipping business partners. The data will provide insights that enhance our joint strategic decision-making and help us address climate change", said Eman Abdalla, Vice Chair of the Sea Cargo Charter Association and Global Operations Director at Cargill Ocean Transportation

It is important to highlight, that it is not possible to compare the scores of individual Signatories to one another for several reasons: Signatories have different portfolios, different ship types and different numbers of voyages. Furthermore, the Signatories have different operational and trade profiles with particular trade characteristics that affect their annual activity alignment.

Source: Safety4sea


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