MSC Defends Itself Against Report Claiming EU’s Biggest Polluter Status
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is protecting itself versus a record declaring the Swiss- based sea provider is just one of the leading carbon emitters in the EU.
The record, released today by the non-governmental company Transport & &Environment, asserts that in 2018 MSC was accountable for around 11 million statistics lots of carbon dioxide discharges, which would certainly rate it the 8th greatest emitter in the EU.
MSC records on carbon dioxide discharges via the EU Monitoring, Reporting and also Verification (MRV) system, which T&E made use of as the basis for its evaluation. The MRV considers ship usage and also carbon dioxide discharge information for trips beginning and also ending in EU ports, consisting of trips in between EU ports.
MSC, nevertheless, says that the record uses an insufficient evaluation of the information and also as a result does not supply a precise image of discharges from the delivery industry.
“In particular, the T&E analysis fails to take a number of operational aspects of MSC’s services fully into account, and thus does not offer a complete assessment of our role and impact in terms of emissions,” MSC countered in a declaration.
According to MSC’s very own evaluation of its functional documents, the firm says that just 40-45% of the 11 million lots of discharges reported in the MRV in fact occurred in the EU.
“As an example, a ship carrying fruits from the Caribbean to Northern Europe and back needs to report emissions for the whole distance of the trip, even though only part of it takes place in the EU,” MSC describes. “As a result, the actual emissions in the EU for this particular ship may be up to 65% less than is recorded in the MRV. This is particularly relevant for a global company such as MSC, which operates in all the world’s major shipping lanes.”
MSC is likewise making use of the chance to declare its solid dedication to lowering C02 discharges and also longer-term objectives of completely decarbonizing the delivery sector.
“While continuously increasing its TEU capacity to meet the growing demand, MSC operates a modern, green fleet and is investing heavily in low-carbon technologies and extensive new-build and retrofit programs to boost performance and minimize our environmental impact,” MSC specified.
“MSC remains fully supportive of decarbonizing the shipping industry. At the same time, it recognizes that some major breakthroughs, especially in fuel and propulsion technologies, are needed to shift the industry towards a zero-carbon future,” the firm included.