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Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ('K' Line Group), one of the world’s largest shipping groups, have signed an agreement to cooperate on research and pilot projects to decarbonise bulk cargo shipping
The cooperation is expected to focus on the development and implementation of new marine decarbonisation technologies suitable for EGA’s bulk cargo shipping routes in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean.
Solutions are likely to include kite systems, alternative fuels and CO2 capture technologies. All of these technologies today have technical and practical challenges to widespread adoption that remain to be overcome, ranging from technology immaturity to lack of support infrastructure.
'K' Line Group will lead research into decarbonisation opportunities, and EGA will target pilot projects on its "K" Line shipping routes.
'K' Line Group transports some five million tonnes of EGA’s bauxite per annum from the Republic of Guinea to the UAE and some 1.5 million tonnes of alumina each year from Australia to the UAE, under long-term contracts of affreightment.
The global shipping industry is responsible for almost 3% of world greenhouse gas emissions, according to the International Maritime Organisation. Shipping accounts for a proportion of the emissions generated in EGA’s supply chain, known as scope 3 emissions.
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, CEO of EGA, said, "Economy-wide decarbonisation will require cooperation between industries, and we are pleased to work with "K" Line Group on this important global challenge. Our long-term relationship with "K" Line Group provides an ideal platform to develop and test ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. For EGA, our goal is to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions not just from our own operations but also from activities in our supply chain. Improving the fuel efficiency of shipping could also reduce our shipping costs."
Yukikazu MYOCHIN, president & CEO of "K" Line, stated, "Decarbonisation is an essential challenge for the shipping industry to meet the expectations of our customers and global society. This cooperation with EGA, which has been one of our most important customers for decades, will enable us to jointly make progress towards net zero for both our companies. It will also enable us to pioneer new approaches for the shipping industry as a whole."