CO2 Reduction Efforts in Logistics

Maintain and further improve NSSMC’s high modal shift ratio1 of 95.8%; improve transportation efficiency by using larger vessels (changing from 700 tons to 1,500 ton vessels) in domestic coastal transport and taking other measures; and improve fuel economy by introducing energy-saving timetable management, lightweight vehicles, etc.

Logistics sector’s ton-kilometer achievements for FY20152

Transportation quantity:
10,000 tons/year
Million
ton-kilometers/year
g-CO2/ton-kilometers
Ship 1,837(54%) 9,709(87%) 39
Railway 5(0%) 29(0%) 25
Truck and trailer 1,551(46%) 1,462(13%) 211
Total 3,393(100%) 11,200(100%)  

1 Modal shift rate: A modal shift indicates the domestic freight transport shift from truck
 carrier to coastal shipping and railroad carrier as a countermeasure against global warming.
 A modal shift rate is a percentage of cargo volume transported over a distance of 500 km and
 more by rail or sea (including ferry) (as defined by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure,
 Transport and Tourism).
2 ton-kilometer: Total sum of the weight of load (ton) transported multiplied by transport
 distance (km) The reference amounts (in grams) of CO2 emissions per ton kilometer travelled
 are the average for all industries (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism)

Efforts to improve the transportation efficiency include shortening ships’ time at berth for loading and unloading by improving cargo handling efficiency or using larger vessels (changing from 700 ton to 1,500 ton vessels), in addition to maintaining and improving high modal shift ratesA modal shift indicates the domestic freight transport shift from truck carrier to coastal shipping and railroad carrier as a countermeasure against global warming. A modal shift rate is a percentage of cargo volume transported over a distance of 500km and more by rail or sea (including ferry) (as defined by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism)..

Modal Shift

Modal Shift

A joint shipscheduling meeting with a logistics company

A joint shipscheduling meeting with a logistics company

To improve fuel economy, in land transportation for example, we have promoted fuel-effi cient driving (i.e., use of digital tachometers) and introduced energy effi cient tires and lightweight vehicles. In marine transport, fuel economy improvement measures have also been implemented and expanded the range of application.

In addition to effi ciency in transportation, we have achieved some progress in reduction of packing materials by creating and expanding adoption of shipping systems for sheet products that do not require packing.

Going forward, with the aim of transporting large quantities of steel products in one shipment, we are also working on adopting a new optimal ship and land vehicle distribution system by use of the ship and land vehicle scheduling know-how accumulated over many years. We will thus further improve transportation effi ciency.

We will further strive to signifi cantly reduce CO2 emissions through realization of synergy effects of the merger, in addition to improving logistics effi ciency through an optimal production system and transportation effi ciency by reviewing the logistics system.

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