South32 completes shipping emissions analysis with ZeroLab

Decarbonisation start-up ZeroLab, founded last year by shipping company Klaveness, has partnered with mining company South32 to complete an analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated through shipping.

South32 began the project to investigate how shipping operations contribute to its reported Scope 3 emissions and gather data to inform decisions on how they can be addressed.  

The analysis tracks greenhouse gas emissions generated by the transport of freight through shipping by making calculations based on satellite data, actual vessel behaviour and sailing distance.

The data is then made available through an online dashboard built on Klaveness Digital’s CargoValue system, which includes information such as shipping related emissions per vessel, and the associated loading and discharge ports.

The next phase of the project will see ZeroLab and South32 establish an emissions baseline and review the data to explore potential opportunities to reduce emissions associated with the shipment of raw material inputs and products.

“Working with ZeroLab enables us to assess greenhouse gas emissions more accurately within the value chain,” said South32 VP Sustainability Strategy and Community Holly Buschman.

“The improved data will give us valuable insights and assist with our decision-making when it comes to addressing Scope 3 emissions. We recognise the critical importance of collaborating to support value chain decarbonisation.”

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