Providing a reliable marine transport service that delivers goods safely and punctually to their destination while prioritizing environmental protection, energy conservation and a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has been the long-standing mission and goal of Evergreen Marine. A variety of business management measures, emission reduction strategies and improvements in containership design have been employed by Evergreen to reduce the energy consumption of our ships. New generations of ‘green' ships are continuously introduced to renew our fleet as part of these efforts to protect the natural environment by minimizing pollution and GHG emissions.

IMO statistics indicate that CO2 emission from the shipping industry account for 2.7% of global GHG emissions. If left unchecked, this ratio may increase to 15% by 2050. In response, Evergreen Marine Corp. has developed strategies to support sustainable operations and set targets for CO2 reduction. A 50% reduction by 2030 is planned, compared to 2008 as the baseline. Evergreen aims to be carbon-neutral by 2050. These objectives are at the heart of Evergreen's global climate action.

The efforts made by Evergreen Marine towards lowering fuel consumption and GHG emissions have been continuous and their success is reflected in the annual decreases in marine fuel consumption. Our fleet's CO2 emission have continued to decrease as well. Our total emissions in 2020 were 37.7% (60.66g/TEU-KM) lower than 2008.

Energy and Emission Management
CO2 Annual Emission

To fulfill our commitment to environmental protection, we track and analyze the energy consumption of our ships to improve their efficiency. High standards of efficient operation are employed to realize our goals of energy conservation and carbon reduction. At the same time, the latest maritime weather navigation system is used to provide our ships with the safest and most fuel-efficient routes, saving energy and reducing carbon emissions. Each ship is also equipped with a certified ship stability computing system that quickly calculates the optimal trim, draft, weight distribution and hull stress situation for any kind of cargo loading condition. Optimal propulsion efficiency can then be assured without compromising safety.

The optimization of port rotation and route planning reduces the demands on the main engines and lowers fuel consumption. The use of slow steaming allows one turbo-charger to be switched off, reducing power output from the main engine by one-third and greatly decreasing the amount of CO2 emission. All vessels in our fleet, including chartered ships are fitted with the weather navigation system. Captains can then select the shortest and safest route at sea to avoid bad weather and reduce unnecessary drag. Ship crews also actively turn off unnecessary lighting and pumps to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emission from the ship's generator.

Ship operation information such as fuel consumption, sailing distance, bunker/water tank level and payload are reported to our offices for analysis on a daily basis via satellite transmission. We also require our crews to minimize the amount of unnecessary ballast water carried. This lowers the weight of the ships and consequently less fuel is needed.

The Company has assigned dedicated professional teams to monitor the daily reports on fuel consumption from each ship and the detailed operation of its engines to ensure the performance of the thrust. The ship management department at Company headquarters is then able to calculate CO2 emission and monitor the entire fleets' GHG emissions to achieve carbon reduction targets.

Our environmental protection policies extend to our fleet renewal programs, actively replacing old ships with new, more eco-friendly ones.

In summary, Evergreen Marine has adopted the following actions to reduce CO2 emission:

  • Slow down the speed of its ships
  • Continuously monitor fuel consumption and engine operations to ensure the main engine is working efficiently
  • Use the weather navigation system to provide the fleet with real-time information on routing that optimizes fuel efficiency
  • Improve cargo handling efficiency to shorten port stays
  • Planning of ship cargo loads to maximize economic returns
  • Application of special anti-fouling paint to ship hulls
  • Replacement of old vessels
Pacific Greenhouse Gases Measurement (PGGM) Project

As part of its goal to retain a leadership role in the sustainability of the maritime industry, Evergreen Marine Corp. took part in an ambitious project to measure and monitor the distribution of GHG in the Pacific Ocean. Nine container ships from Evergreen's fleet were the first to be equipped to measure marine hydrocarbon and halocarbon emissions as part of an international Pacific Greenhouse Gases Measurement (PGGM) project, which commenced in 2009.

Evergreen is committed to playing its part in the fight against global warming. Striking a balance between providing marine transport services and being environmentally sensitive is a challenge but Evergreen's strong sense of social responsibility will ensure that the Company will seriously consider every possible way of minimizing the industry's, and its own global footprint. This will also enable its customers to develop greener supply chain systems.

Another collaboration in which the Company is engaged is the world's first maritime observation platform for collecting marine boundary data from observations of the ocean boundary layer below 100 meters. Evergreen is also providing ten years of observational assistance in collecting atmospheric data as a study of global warming and climate change. Instruments for observations by its vessels have been provided by the Central University in Taiwan and others will be obtained through cooperation with the University of Cambridge in the UK. All the instruments are expected to be in use for more than 10 years.

Global water vapor observations and sea level measurements carried out by Evergreen's container ships will help in the understanding of changes in the concentration changes of GHG in the Pacific Ocean over the next 10 to 20 years, and establish a three-dimensional spatial distribution of GHG in the Pacific region. It will be a significant gift to the world.

Global water vapor observations and sea level observations of the Evergreen Marine Freighter will help to understand the concentration changes of greenhouse gases in the Pacific Ocean in the next 10 to 20 years, and establish a three-dimensional spatial distribution of greenhouse gases in the Pacific region. It will be the best gift to the world.

Land operations
  • Terminal Division

    Machinery powered by diesel engines such as container lifters and electric/diesel (E-RTG) gantry cranes are the main source of power consumption in terminal operations.

    Additional container lifters were purchased by Evergreen's Kaohsiung Terminal respectively. The new equipment was intended to improve on exhaust emissions and the fuel efficiency of old machinery, reduce emissions of air pollutants and achieve compliance with emission standards. The E-RTG gantry cranes reduce use electrical grid power instead of diesel engines in the operational zone. To maintain the serviceability of the grid power equipment after more than ten years of operation, power rails were upgraded for 7 out of the 14 zones. The upgrades should result in improved power reliability, lower diesel consumption and reduced emissions. The KC4 automated gantry crane was put into service and its share of overall operations has increased from 12% to 22.7%. Operational movements have also been reduced to optimize the storage layout, resulting in improved operational efficiency, lower energy consumption and reduced emissions.

    Kaohsiung Terminal invested in the following technological upgrades to save cost and reduce energy consumption:

    • Inventory control based on the maintenance plan was introduced to calculate the work load of each machine type, as well as analyze the cost of diesel/electricity consumption, engine maintenance and machinery maintenance to inform big data analysis in the future.
    • Daily changes in the number and value of parts in the inventory are monitored so that they can be controlled.
    • Photos and detailed dimensional drawings have been added to material profiles to provide a clear picture of parts specifications that will be used for the online quotation system.
    • Handheld scanners and Wi-Fi wireless transmission hardware have also been introduced to speed up materials collection, inventory and annual stock-takes. The equipment ensures that correct data is entered into the system and the accuracy of daily stock-in, materials collection and reporting information.
  • Office buildings

    All Evergreen Marine buildings adhere to our energy conservation policy. To meet energy-saving targets and eliminate energy waste, we not only use high-efficiency energy-saving air conditioning units but have also replaced all office lighting with energy-efficient LED bulbs. Active management is practiced for all equipment that is energy-intensive or used for extended periods of time. For example, when refrigerators need to be replaced, we only purchase replacements with first-class energy efficiency. More fuel efficient models of cars are chosen when company vehicles are due to be renewed.