Our SDGs Action Initiatives
As one of our corporate management philosophies is “contribute to the development of society and industry,” we are taking initiatives such as developing fuel-efficient engines that realize an efficient usage of natural resources, advanced fuel conversion research towards the goal of zero emissions, and activities to clean up the oceans.
These initiatives are our efforts to contribute to the realization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the action plan for the prosperity of mankind and the earth to be achieved by 2030, adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Our goal is to realize a sustainable society.
Examples of Our Initiatives
Developing, designing, and manufacturing an engine which clears environmental regulations and strives for even lower fuel consumption
UE engine that we have independently developed has the advantage of a low fuel consumption rate that surpasses our competitors. We will further continue to pursue this strength, with the goal of contributing to CO2 reduction through the efficient usage of natural resources. Currently, our new 42LSH engine, which is in its final development stage and will succeed our best-selling 45LSE engine, will seek even greater ultra-low fuel consumption. The optimal output range has been set for handy-size bulk carriers and small chemical carriers at shipyards both domestically and internationally. This engine, which meets the International Maritime Organization (IMO*1)’s regulations for NOx*2 and SOx*3 and contributes to clearing the EDDI*4, is scheduled to begin production in 2020. We will continue to develop new engines and expand our lineup in order to contribute to the efficient usage of natural resources.
Developing and Manufacturing Engines of a Low Fuel Consumption Rate That Use Only Fuel with Low Sulfur Content
In order to clear the global cap of SOx*3 below 0.5% emission control from ships that the International Maritime Organization (IMO*1) has started to apply since 2020, we developed the LSJ series of engines in 2018 that use only MGO with low sulfur content as fuel. This engine can balance life-cycle costs, reduce the environmental load, and ensure economic efficiency by balancing the relatively-high cost of using high-quality fuel with lower fuel consumption, reducing peripheral equipment, and reducing maintenance costs. We will contribute to the environment by using this engine. We are currently developing the UEC42LSJ engine with a 42 cm cylinder bore in succession from the 50 cm cylinder bore engine whose design has been established, increasing number of applicable ship types, in our goal of making further contributions to the environment.
Continued Investments in Combustion Research for Carbon-Free Fuels such as Bioorganic, Hydrogen, and Ammonia
As the need for research and practical applications of alternative fuels without carbon accelerates, we are participating in the research of Carbon-Free Fuels. Additionally, the usage of carbon-free fuels are expected to reduce or eliminate GHG*5 emissions. Cooperation between many related agencies, organizations, and companies is indispensable for the research and commercialization of fuel conversion. Through these partnerships, we will contribute towards a decarbonized society.
Promotion of Condition Based Maintenance (CBM)
As the transmission of large capacity of data between ships and land has become possible due to advancements in ICT, the needs of Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) are increasing as a maintenance standard instead of Time Based Maintenance (TBM)*8. Since the summer of 2017 we have been researching together with other companies in order to establish CBM. As a result, we signed a joint research agreement in November 2019 with one classification society and two private enterprises. We will promote the construction of a new ship classification inspection system based on CBM in order to expand technological innovation.
Continued Participation in Industrial/Academia/Government Collaborative Initiatives Led by the Japanese Government
The International Shipping GHG Zero Emissions Project, launched in 2018, is an activity that examines and adjusts the overall strategies for GHG reduction in Japan, in collaboration with industry, academia, and the Japanese government. The project aims to achieve such goals proposed by the IMO*1 as ‘40% or more improvement in efficiency by 2030,’ ‘halve GHG*5 by 2050,’ and ‘zero emissions as quickly as possible during this century.’ We are participating in this project as a member of the Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association, and we will continue to participate in activities to prevent global warming in a unified effort with industry, academia, and the government.
Implementing Ocean Clean-Up Activities
For us, as the ocean is one of our fields, the problem of plastic garbage in the ocean, such as bottles and bags, is a social problem that cannot be overlooked. We endorse ‘Zero Marine Litter Week,’ a joint project of the Nippon Foundation and the Ministry of the Environment, that regularly conducts clean-up activities at nearby beaches.
The latest clean-up activity was held on October 9th, 2019. 52 managing staff and employees from our company participated in a 2-hour clean-up activity at the Nishioka Seaside Park (in Akashi-city, Hyogo prefecture, a beach that’s a 20-minute walk from our offices). We collected 87 bags of garbage, with contents such as plastic bottles and lunch boxes.
Create a Work Environment that’s Kind to People and Easy to Work In
We strive to realize a comfortable work place and diverse work style where all employees can participate in various activities at their home and in local communities, while fulfilling their work duties and gaining a sense of satisfaction from their work. We are supporting the self-fulfillment of each employee, with our policies of promoting paid leave, and establishing a system that allows employees to work according to their circumstances and lifestyle, such as childbirth, childcare, and nursing care.
Also, in addition to our continued active recruitment activities and our efforts to create employment opportunities for local communities, in consideration of the difficulties in securing human resources due to the declining birthrate, we will seek to secure human resources by employing foreign nationals and considering elderly employment extension, as well as plan for the smooth transfer of skills.
Contributing to SDGs Together with our Stakeholders
In order to achieve sustainable growth, we believe that multi-stakeholder partnerships with all our stakeholders, including investors and the supply chain, are important. For this reason, we place importance in disseminating information to everyone while ensuring thorough compliance and enhancing corporate governance. Additionally, we will realize our contributions to the achievement of the SDGs by further strengthening our supply chain, deepening our relationships with our business partners, creating new innovations, and further developing our environmentally-friendly technologies, which is one of our strongest points.
1: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized United Nations organization, responsible for creating treaties and standards for the improvement of marine navigation safety, marine technology, and the prevention of marine pollution.
2: Nitrogen oxides (NOx) is a general term for nitrogen and oxygen compounds. Most of the nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere are nitrogen monoxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxides (NO2). These are the substances generated by the combustion of oil and coal, and are considered to be the cause of air pollution and acid rain.
In the shipping industry, the amount of NOx that is emitted from ships is regulated by the MARPOL (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Convention Annex IV (Air Pollution Prevention), an international treaty that prevents marine pollution from ships.
3: Sulfur oxides (SOx) are substances generated by the combustion of sulfur-containing petroleum or coal, causing air pollution and acid rain. The upper limit of the sulfur content in fuel is being gradually reduced in order to reduce SOx emissions. After January 2020, the sulfur content in used fuel will be limited to 0.5% in many ocean areas, with the exception of regulated ocean areas.
4: The Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) is a value that indicates the amount of CO2 emitted when a ton of cargo is carried one nautical mile. IMO’s 62nd Marine Environment Protection Committee adopted the EEDI in July 2011 as a mandatory measure against global warming.
5: An abbreviation for marine gas oil. Marine Diesel Oil (MDO), also called A heavy oil in Japan, is a high-quality, eco-friendly fuel compared to “C” heavy oil, that has been used in marine diesel engines. For more details, check out /product/lsj.html
6: Greenhouse Gases (GHG) are gases such as tropospheric ozone, carbon dioxide, and methane, which are the main cause of global warming. The GHG reduction strategy was adopted by the International Maritime Organization, with the goals such as ‘improving fuel efficiency by 40% by 2030 when compared to 2008,’ ‘reducing GHG emissions by half by 2050,’ and ‘aiming for zero GHG emissions by the earliest stage of this century.’
7: Condition Based Maintenance (CBM)
Efficient operation by replacing only parts that require maintenance by using ICT to monitoring the parts actual condition. In realizing optimal maintenance based on the condition, maintenance time and costs can be reduced, as well as contributing to the safe operation of ships through condition monitoring.
8: Time Based Management (TBM)
Standard maintenance method that is performed at fixed intervals regardless of the condition of the parts.