K Line creates carbon neutral division

Japanese shipping major Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) is sharpening its focus on developing green solutions for its operations.

K Line revealed today it will form a new carbon neutral promotion group from April 1. The new group will pursue business development opportunities for its potential net zero emissions businesses.

K Line has been working hard to push ahead with emissions cutting technology in recent years. Last year it joined bluechips such as Toyota and Toshiba in signing up to the Japan Hydrogen Association (JH2A), an organisation that promotes global collaboration and the formation of a hydrogen supply chain in the field.

In August last year, K Line started test operations and measurements for what it claims to be the world’s first small scale ship-based CO2 capture demonstration plant. The two-year project, named Carbon Capture on the Ocean, will convert an existing CO2 capture system for an onshore power plant onto a vessel.

In 2019, K Line signed up for 50 Seawings, the single largest order for wind propulsion technology in the modern history of merchant shipping.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
Back to top button