Joint project to create Scope 3 emissions calculation standards for shipbuilding industry

A joint development project (JDP) involving leading Korean shipyards, as well as classification societies ABS and Korean Register, has been set up to support the introduction of standardised methods for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) Scope 3 emissions.

HD Hyundai Group, Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE), Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) have all joined the JDP with the aim of creating a common standardised approach to emissions data gathering that could potentially apply across the whole sector.

Scope 3 in the shipbuilding industry includes GHG-generated emissions at all stages of the process, from procurement of raw materials to ship operations and final disposal. This is in addition to GHG Scopes 1 and 2, which relate to direct and indirect emissions during the shipbuilding process.

A new global standard for Scope 3 would aim to provide a common method for measuring and qualifying data collected on these emissions, to understand a company’s carbon footprint in greater detail and allow for direct comparisons.

“To attain the carbon neutrality that we all aspire to, it is imperative that not only individual companies, but also supply chains and customers, participate in this effort,” said JeHyouk Woo, Senior Executive Vice President and Shipyard General Manager, DSME.

“It is our hope that the established guidelines will be broadly embraced as a global industry standard for all shipyards, thereby assisting the shipbuilding and related industries in their journey towards carbon neutrality.”

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