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New IMO Regulations: Introducing Carbon Intensity Measures into Ocean Freight

By
JAS Sustainability Team
September 12, 2023
In a bold move to address the need for reducing carbon emissions in the shipping industry, the International Maritime Organization introduced groundbreaking regulations concerning energy efficiency and carbon intensity for all ships.
In a bold move to address the need for reducing carbon emissions in the shipping industry, the International Maritime Organization introduced groundbreaking regulations concerning energy efficiency and carbon intensity for all ships.

In a bold move to address the need for reducing carbon emissions in the shipping industry, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) introduced groundbreaking regulations concerning energy efficiency and carbon intensity for all ships. These measures require ships to calculate their attained Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) to determine energy efficiency and to initiate data collection to report their annual operational carbon intensity indicator (CII) and CII rating. 

Understanding the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI):

The EEXI is a score given to ships based on their energy efficiency. Ships attained EEXI will be compared to a required EEXI based on an applicable reduction factor expressed as a percentage relative to the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) baseline. Each ship's calculated attained EEXI value must be below the required EEXI to meet the minimum energy efficiency standard. 

Exploring the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) Rating:

The CII is set to rank and monitor the carbon efficiency of each vessel concerning the cargo carried, and the distance traveled. The actual annual operational CII achieved must be documented and verified against the required annual operational CII, allowing the operational carbon intensity rating to be determined. The rating ranges from A to E (where A is the best), and the threshold requirements will become stricter year over year.

Impact:

  • Environmental Benefits: The primary goal of these IMO regulations is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). By measuring and monitoring energy efficiency, shipping companies can identify areas for improvement and optimize their operations to minimize carbon footprints.
  • Technological Advancements: These regulations will encourage the development and adopting of cleaner technologies within the maritime sector, fostering innovation and creating a demand for sustainable solutions.

Challenges:

  • Compliance Costs: Implementing the EEXI and CII measures will require investments in ship upgrades, retrofitting, and enhanced operational practices. For shipowners and operators, this could pose a significant financial challenge, particularly for older vessels.
  • Disruptions to Shipping Schedules and Supply Chains: As the cost of technological advancements is high, ships implement fuel-saving measures like slow-steaming, which can lead to longer transit times, affecting the predictability and reliability of cargo delivery.
  • Data Collection and Reporting: The accurate measurement and reporting of a vessel's carbon intensity require reliable data collection systems. Shipowners must adapt to new reporting standards and overcome potential technical barriers in gathering and transmitting data.

Conclusion:

Implementing the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) and Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) measures marks a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions in the shipping industry. While they offer environmental benefits, they also present challenges, including compliance costs and potential disruptions to shipping schedules. Collaboration among stakeholders, technological advancements, and regulatory support are crucial to navigating these challenges.

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Bettina Ramcke, Global Director of Business Implementation at JAS Worldwide

As the Global Director of Business Implementation at JAS Worldwide, Bettina has navigated the world of logistics with determination and a commitment to making a difference. Her involvement with The Sandy Springs Mission, a local nonprofit supported by The Bruni Foundation, JAS’s philanthropy aimed at enriching local communities, exemplifies her dedication to uplifting her team and those around her.

Bettina originally worked in the hospitality industry. Her path took a turn when she started helping with her family’s forwarding company, marking her introduction to logistics. This experience paved the way for her move to Australia, where she utilized her multilingual abilities and industry knowledge to support logistics for the Sydney Olympic Games. Over the next 15 years, Bettina worked diligently to hone her skills and expertise.

After a hiatus to recover from burnout, Bettina reentered the workforce, joining JAS to continue developing the business implementation structure. “I took two years off because I was burned out and I told myself, “I’m not going back to this industry, but what made me reconsider, was looking at JAS’s values and its commitment to giving back to the environment, and to communities. That was very important to me.”

Bettina’s ability to navigate this demanding field is rooted in her passion for logistics and her belief in the importance of being driven by what you love.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Bettina’s heart is equally invested in community service. For the past 5 years, she has volunteered with non-profit organizations in Jamaica and with The Sandy Springs Mission, an Atlanta-based nonprofit dedicated to providing Latino students of all ages with the resources needed to lead a successful life during and after high school.

With the support of The Bruni Foundation, JAS’s philanthropic arm, Bettina has been instrumental in fostering a partnership that promises tangible benefits for local Atlanta children.

One of Bettina’s key initiatives is enhancing the Mission’s sports program for elementary and middle school students. She believes that exposure to different sports can significantly boost children’s confidence and encourage lifelong participation. “Enhancing the sports program will allow the kids to grow their confidence in joining their school’s sport teams, which would help in better life habits and could lead to future college scholarships” Bettina explains. This initiative is part of a broader one-year partnership with The Sandy Springs Mission, backed by a grant from The Bruni Foundation. The funding allows for the support of various sports programs, like improving the quality of the baseball camps, adding an introduction to volleyball, basketball and tennis sessions during the summer and after-school activities, and also provide sports gear. Bettina emphasizes that volunteering with the organization doesn’t always have to be signing up for week-long camps or committing long-hours, noting that volunteers can play a critical role just by volunteering for 1-2 hours during a camp or even helping parents translate and fill out paperwork.

Bettina Ramcke’s story is one of passion, and a commitment to making a difference. Whether through her work in logistics or her efforts with The Sandy Springs Mission, she exemplifies how dedication to both career and community can lead to meaningful impact. As she continues to lead with passion, Bettina remains a powerful example of how one person’s commitment can inspire widespread change and foster community growth.

If you’re in the Atlanta area and feel drawn to the purpose of The Sandy Springs Mission, find out more opportunities to volunteer today!

The JAS Saudi Arabia team proudly accepts the Overall Performance and Positive Contribution 2023 award from SABIC at the Supplier Recognition Ceremony in Jubail.

Jubail, Saudi Arabia – JAS Saudi Arabia is proud to announce that it has been awarded the Overall Performance and Positive Contribution 2023 award by Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC). The award was presented during the Supplier Recognition Ceremony held at SABIC's Jubail SJB headquarters. 

The Supplier Recognition Ceremony is an annual event organized by SABIC to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contributions and achievements of its partners and suppliers. This year's ceremony brought together industry leaders, key stakeholders, and representatives from SABIC’s network of suppliers. 

The JAS Saudi Arabia team was recognized for its performance, commitment to excellence, and significant contributions to SABIC's supply chain operations. The award highlights JAS’s commitment to providing superior logistics and forwarding services, ensuring seamless and efficient transportation solutions that align with SABIC's high standards and operational requirements. 

"We are honored to receive this award from SABIC," said Jad Moujally, Managing Director of JAS Saudi Arabia. "This recognition reflects the strong partnership and collaboration between our organizations. We are proud of our team's hard work, creativity, and dedication, which have been instrumental in achieving this milestone. We look forward to continuing to support SABIC's mission and are excited about what the future holds.” 

SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals, relies on its partners and suppliers to maintain the highest levels of efficiency and innovation in its operations. The Overall Performance and Positive Contribution award underscores JAS Saudi Arabia’s role in meeting these expectations and enhancing the overall performance of SABIC’s supply chain. 

JAS Saudi Arabia extends its gratitude to SABIC for this honor and to its team members whose dedication and professionalism have made this achievement possible. The company remains committed to delivering exceptional service and value to its clients and partners, continuously striving for excellence in all its operations. 

About JAS Worldwide 

JAS Worldwide, a global leader in logistics and supply chain solutions, was founded in Milan, Italy, in 1978. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and supported by 7,000+ team members in more than 100 countries, it builds innovative and sustainable solutions that focus on customer needs and a better future for all. At the heart of JAS's success is its people who deliver customer value. As one of the largest and fastest growing family-owned logistics companies, JAS is committed to creating opportunities for our communities, customers, and colleagues to thrive. Together.  

JAS, a leading provider of integrated logistics services, will participate and sponsor Transport Logistics China (TLC) 2024, Asia’s premier trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT, and supply chain management.

JAS, a leading provider of integrated logistics services, will participate and sponsor Transport Logistic China (TLC) 2024, Asia’s premier trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT, and supply chain management. The event will take place from June 25 to June 27 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center. JAS China will showcase its services, industrial solutions, and sustainability initiatives at booth W5.185.

Transport Logistic China 2024 is the most influential and comprehensive exhibition for the logistics industry in Asia. It covers the entire spectrum of logistics services, logistics real estate, transport systems, mobility technology, supply chain management, e-commerce, and IT solutions. The exhibition offers a platform for networking, learning, and business opportunities, attracting more than 800 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors from over 70 countries and regions.

As a global logistics company with over 40 years of experience, JAS Worldwide offers a wide range of services and solutions to meet the diverse and complex needs of its customers. JAS China provides air, ocean, and rail freight forwarding, contract logistics, customs brokerage, project logistics, e-commerce logistics, and value-added services. Leveraging its global network, digital capabilities, and industry expertise, JAS delivers customized and innovative solutions across various verticals, including automotive, fashion, healthcare, technology, and food & beverage.

JAS China is committed to sustainability and social responsibility. Following JAS Worldwide's sustainability strategy, which focuses on six UN SDG goals and the vision of achieving a more sustainable future, JAS China strives to create a safe, diverse, and inclusive work environment, reduce its environmental impact and carbon footprint, and support local communities through various initiatives and partnerships.

"We are excited to participate in and sponsor Transport Logistic China, this sponsorship presents a unique opportunity for us to showcase our brand, logistics and sustainability Green Solutions on a global platform and connect with a diverse audience like never before. We are not only expanding our reach but also solidifying our position as a key player in the industry. As we gear up for the events and activities surrounding the TLC sponsorship, I am filled with anticipation and excitement. I encourage attendees to embrace this opportunity to meet existing and potential customers, partners and suppliers, and discover insights and best practices on how to navigate the dynamic and challenging logistics landscape. We invite everyone to visit our booth W5.185 and discover how JAS China can help you achieve your logistics goals and create value for your business," said Cissy Lu, Chief Commercial Officer of JAS China.

For more information about Transport Logistic China 2024 and its program, please visit Transport Logistics China.

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