A new maritime community convening Roll on – Roll off (Ro-Ro) shipping stakeholders

Amsterdam, May 7 - Smart Freight Centre (SFC) hosted the official Global Ro-Ro Community kick-off meeting during its annual flagship event, Smart Freight Week, in Amsterdam on April 23. The aim of launching the Global Ro-Ro Community is to establish an ISO 14083 / GLEC compliant global standard for scope 3 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions accounting for deep-sea Ro-Ro shipping, by bringing together stakeholders involved in the transportation of finished vehicles by sea i.e. carriers (shipping lines) and shippers (OEMs).

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SFC in collaboration with ECG – The Association of European Vehicles Logistics published the first harmonized methodology to account for GHG emissions from Ro-Ro operations in the summer of 2023. SFC – envisioning that the Ro-Ro GHG emissions accounting guidance document could pave the way for a collaborative partnership between Ro-Ro carriers, and cargo owners (e.g., OEMs among others) – started the stakeholders’ engagement process in late 2023.

The Global Ro-Ro Community is launched with notable carrier members such as Wallenius Wilhelmsen and NYK Line and third-party verifiers such as ClassNK, among others. The overall goal agreed by the members is to “Establish uniform standards to accelerate the decarbonization process within the Ro-Ro shipping industry, creating common ground for fair competition between carriers in terms of scope 3 GHG emissions accounting”.

The kick-off meeting on April 23 was attended by the initial community members as well as other major deep-sea Ro-Ro / PCTC (Pure Car, Truck Carrier) operators from Japan, Korea, Europe and Latin America, and some well-known verification bodies and cargo owners. The Ro-Ro community aims to develop a new methodology, based on the methodology launched last year. SFC envisages completing the first draft of the methodology, targeted at deep-sea Ro-Ro operations, by September 2024 and the final draft by the end of year for shipping lines to be able to use it for emissions accounting beginning 2025.

SFC calls the worldwide Ro-Ro shipping stakeholders to join this global Ro-Ro community through which the participating shipping lines, verifiers, cargo-owners, and other stakeholders will discuss and agree on global standards of GHG emissions accounting for deep sea Ro-Ro Shipping by reviewing and building on the Ro-Ro GHG emissions accounting guidance document developed by ECG and SFC, and learning from the experiences and knowledge of SFC’s well established programs such as GLEC and Clean Cargo.

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