Hong Kong’s Oriental Overseas Container Line racked up a first on 31 May when it became the first marine carrier to take the Gold Award at the 2017 BOCHK Corporate Environmental Leadership Awards.
OOCL received the award at a ceremony held at the Kowloonbay International Trade & exhibition Centre.
The awards programme seeks to acknowledge the efforts of outstanding participating organizations in promoting environmental and low-carbon best practices in the manufacturing and services sectors in Hong Kong and the Pan Pearl River Delta region.
Reflecting on OOCL’s achievement for this Gold Award, OOCL group treasurer Ms Carrie Lee said: “This is a remarkable milestone for OOCL to win Gold for the first time and we are very honoured to be selected among over 600 eligible applicants participating in the 2017 awards program. As a home carrier in Hong Kong with a global business footprint, we are very proud to do our part protecting the environment in the communities where we operate and to help set an example for other like-minded organizations to also contribute to environmental sustainability. Moving forward, OOCL will continue to grow our business responsibly while achieving the highest levels of operational excellence. ”
The Award would appear to be just reward for OOCL’s many initiatives to address global environmental challenges including the company’s support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, green investments on its assets, development of green IT solutions, as well as Greenhouse Gas management which contributes to the success and comprehensiveness of OOCL’s overall sustainability profile.
Perhaps, unusually in such business awards the Gold Award of the BOCHK Corporate Environmental Leadership Awards brings with it a cash prize of HK$120,000.
Earlier in May OOCL won gold at the Hong Kong Environmental Excellence Awards as well as the Outstanding Green Leadership Award. In October 2017, the company was awarded the Outstanding Singapore Environmental Achievement Award.
OOCL have been adopting strict ballast water management and treatment programmes to prevent and eliminate the risk in the introduction and dispersal of invasive species into habitats where they do not belong. OOCL is also dedicated to protecting marine life through participating in the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation Programme as well as prohibiting shipments for whale, shark, dolphin, and their related products.
To further enhance OOCL’s operational efficiency and Greenhouse Gas management, OOCL launched the largest containership in the world by carrying capacity, at 21,413 teu, named the OOCL Hong Kong. Equipped with advanced green features to meet future environmental requirements, the energy efficiency of the G-Class containerships not only satisfies the current Energy Efficiency Design Index baseline requirement, but is 48% better than the EEDI level required by the International Maritime Organization.
OOCL has been a leader in the use and development of green IT solutions in its business. The OOCL Carbon Calculator allows customers to measure the carbon dioxide emissions in their supply chains so that they may choose the shipping routes that best meet their objectives. This tool also helps them enhance the disclosure and transparency of their greenhouse gas emissions data, thereby improving their overall sustainability reporting targets.