Group Companies' Initiatives
- Modal Shift Promotion
- Initiatives to Reduce Environmental Load at Container Terminals
- Environmentally-Friendly Buildings
- Efforts to Reduce the Environmental Impact on Cruise Ships
Modal Shift Promotion
Modal shift involves a switch from transporting freight by plane or vehicle to ships or other means that can transport large volumes of freight all at once. It is a very effective way of reducing CO2 emissions. The MOL Group offers transportation services by ship around the world and provides environmentally-friendly transportation services as one of the largest ferry and domestic shipping service firms in Japan.
Initiatives to Reduce Environmental Load at Container Terminals
Shosen Koun Co., Ltd.
MOL and MOL Group company Utoc Corporation installed a 200 kW solar power generation system at the Tokyo International Container Terminal in 2007. In fiscal 2017, the system generated approximately 217,000 kWh of power, which covered about 32% of the power needs for the control building. In addition, Utoc Corporation and Shosen Koun Co., Ltd. Have also progressively introduced hybrid transfer cranes at their container terminals in Tokyo and Kobe, respectively. These cranes consume approximately 40% less fuel than conventional ones.
"Shin-Daibiru Building Dojima-no-mori" inherits the spirit of the former Shin-Daibiru Building rooftop tree garden and with the concept of "a forest that is good for not only people but also other living things" we have replanted some of the trees planted in the former building's "rooftop tree garden," including Japanese zelkovas and maples that are around 50 years old, and in addition we use primarily indigenous varieties of trees to create a green space of approximately 1,000 tsubo, the same as in the former building. Due to these initiatives, we became the first in West Japan to acquire AAA evaluation, the highest rank, in JHEP Certification which evaluates contributions to the ecosystem.
Efforts to Reduce the Environmental Impact on Cruise Ships
Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line, Ltd. (MOPAS)
Energy-saving features on the cruise ship Nippon Maru include specially formulated bottom paint that reduces friction against seawater and highly polished propeller blades. In addition, a switch to more efficient LED lighting is underway in the onboard lighting system. These initiatives are expected to reduce fuel consumption and in turn cut GHG emissions. Other measures include the adoption of eco products, the introduction of a system in which guest cabin towels are replaced only on request, and reducing the use of paper bags and wrapping paper in onboard shops. These are some of the ways the Nippon Maru, with the cooperation of its passengers, strives to reduce the environmental impact not only of vessel operation in general, but also activities specific to a cruise ship.