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MOL Joins GCMD as Impact Partner to Accelerate Decarbonisation in Maritime Industry

August 08, 2023

Singapore, 8th August 2023, 4 PM, SGT - The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced today the signing of a five-year Impact Partnership agreement. On the same day, both parties held a signing ceremony at the GCMD office in Singapore.

Left: Professor Lynn Loo, CEO of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
Right: Toshiaki Tanaka, Representative Director, Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer of MOL

Decarbonisation in the maritime industry is a challenge that needs to be achieved through accelerating collaboration and increasing investment by shipping companies, their customers, ports, energy suppliers and public sector actors. As an Impact Partner of GCMD, MOL will utilise its expertise developed over their long history and make various contributions and collaborations through its participation in GCMD's projects, including providing access to vessels, operating data and evaluation reports so that internal learnings can be shared publicly and used for future trials.

MOL is one of the world's leaders in the maritime industry and has been leading worldwide discussions on achieving decarbonisation. The carbon budget concept imposes a ceiling to the cumulative amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) that can be emitted globally in order to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius by 2050. Intermediate targets to reduce emissions, in addition to a net-zero target, are necessary. While plans are in place to adopt low or zero emissions vessels in the future, it is important to deploy measures to reduce emissions now. Such measures include the use of low-carbon and transition fuels that are available today, and deploying energy savings devices onboard vessels. MOL will bring its extensive capabilities and experience to bear as it joins GCMD and existing partners to accelerate international shipping's decarbonisation.

Professor Lynn Loo, CEO of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, said: "We are proud to have MOL, one of the leading shipowners in Japan, come onboard as an Impact Partner. We are excited to tap on MOL's track record in developing technical energy efficiency measures to broaden our perspective as we scope an initiative to help increase industry adoption of measures that can increase fuel efficiency of ships."

Toshiaki Tanaka, Representative Director, Executive Vice President Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer of MOL, said: "We are very pleased to be a partner of one of the most important global coalitions. We will make our biggest effort to contribute and accelerate progress towards the net zero future in maritime industry, together with GCMD and all its partners."

About the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) was set up on 1 August 2021 as a non-profit organisation. Our strategic partners include the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), BHP, BW Group, Eastern Pacific Shipping, Foundation Det Norske Veritas, Ocean Network Express, Seatrium, bp, Hapag-Lloyd and NYK. Beyond the strategic partners, GCMD has brought on board 15 partners that engage at the centre level, in addition to more than 80 partners that engage at the project level.
Strategically located in Singapore, the world's largest bunkering hub and second largest container port, GCMD aims to help the industry eliminate GHG emissions by shaping standards for future fuels, piloting low-carbon solutions in an end-to-end manner under real-world operations conditions, financing first-of-a-kind projects, and fostering collaboration across sectors. For more information, please visit

About Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
MOL was founded in 1884, and its business centers on the ocean shipping industry. Operating a fleet of about 800 vessels, it develops a variety of social infrastructure businesses. MOL has positioned its environmental strategy as one of the key strategies in its "BLUE ACTION 2035" management plan, and is the first company in the Japanese ocean shipping industry to set the target of achieving net zero GHG emissions by 2050. In April 2023, "MOL Group Environmental Vision 2.2" was established as a new roadmap to achieve net zero GHG emissions and promote the sustainable development of people, society, and the Earth. " MOL is committed to achieving the goal by adopting clean alternative fuels and promoting wider adaptation of negative emission, as a pioneering multimodal transport and a global social infrastructure group. For details, please visit: