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Emirates Global Aluminium, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha partner to decarbonise bulk cargo shipping

Emirates Global Aluminium, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha partner to decarbonise bulk cargo shipping

The partnership will involve the development and implementation of new marine decarbonisation technologies suitable for EGA’s bulk cargo shipping routes

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K Line Shipping ties up with EGA to decarbonise bulk cargo shipping

Emirates Global Aluminium and shipping giant, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line Group) will cooperate on research and pilot projects to decarbonise bulk cargo shipping.

The global shipping industry is responsible for almost three per cent 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.

The cooperation between the two entities will 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. These technologies have technical and practical challenges to widespread adoption that remain to be overcome, ranging from technology immaturity to lack of support infrastructure.

As part of the agreement, “K” Line Group will lead research into decarbonisation opportunities, and EGA will target pilot projects on its shipping routes.

The group transports around five million tonnes of EGA’s bauxite per annum from the Republic of Guinea to the UAE and some 1.5million tonnes of alumina each year from Australia to the UAE, under long-term contracts of affreightment.

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 and CEO of “K” Line, said: “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.”

In other news, in February, EGA announced plans to build a 150,000-tonnes-per-year aluminium recycling facility.

The facility will process post-consumer aluminium scrap such as used window frames, as well as pre-consumer aluminium scrap from extrusion production, into low-carbon aluminium billets. Aluminium scrap for the recycling facility will primarily be sourced from the UAE and the region.

Read: UAE’s EGA plans to build first aluminium recycling facility

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