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Monday, May 20, 2019 

RightShip's verified carbon accounting tool and offset credits purchased from South Pole have enabled mining company Anglo American to entirely offset the carbon emissions for an ocean freight voyage from South Africa to Europe.

Anglo American has set a goal for a 30% reduction in net GHG emissions by 2030, and has used the RightShip GHG rating for some years to select charter party vessels. RightShip's GHG Rating compares a ship's theoretical CO2 emissions with other vessels of a similar size and type - both newbuilds and existing ships – and gives each ship a rating on an A-G scale, with 'A' indicating the most efficient vessels and 'G' the least.

For this particular journey a ship operator bid for the iron ore cargo; and as part of the charter party agreement, offered to offset the emissions for the entire journey.  The transit equates to 5,880 tCO2e – including the ballast leg and the laden voyage – from Saldanah Bay in South Africa to Europe and is understood to be the first entirely carbon offset bulk journey. 

Kris Fumberger (pictured), Sustainability Manager at RightShip, said: "As the calls from industry grow louder for dramatic action to reduce carbon emissions, more and more companies are seeing the need to account for the carbon emissions along their supply chains. RightShip's carbon accounting tool calculates the carbon emissions based on the specific characteristics of the journey in question – the route, vessel particulars, cargo information, the fuel refining and consumption, and the loaded and ballast legs.  The results can then be used to set targets, inform sustainable decision-making and, as in this case, allow companies to offset the emissions from their shipping activities."

The carbon credits purchased to offset this journey will support South Pole's Gunung Salak Geothermal Energy project in Indonesia. Jay van Rijn, Senior Carbon and Energy Manager, South Pole said: "Climate change is real and affecting business every day. To address this, South Pole collaborates upstream with suppliers, downstream with customers and across sectors to deliver solutions to our shared sustainability, carbon and energy challenges. Taking steps like this, to carbon offset an entire bulk journey, is a key action in addressing the scale and urgency of climate change".

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