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Our world must become not only net zero, but nature positive. Odfjell has set ambitious targets to reduce our environmental footprints: We aim to reduce our carbon intensity
by 50% by 2030 compared to 2008 benchmark and have a zero-emission capable fleet
from 2050. Both targets contribute to achieving the
UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Shipping is recognized as being the most environmentally friendly way of transportation over longer distances. Compared to other transportation methods, shipping is by far the most efficient and environmentally friendly. However, due to the size of the industry and as ships burn fossil fuels, shipping is also responsible for about 2-3% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Per today, there are no commercially available alternatives for deep-sea shipping. We are a part of the problem, but also a part of the solution – and we have a responsibility to do what we can to make a positive difference.

As part of our work to meet IMO emission targets and our own goals, we conducted in 2020 a thorough fleet review and prepared a transition plan. Based on this plan, we decided to set ambitious climate targets, aligned with our planned technical and operational improvements, retrofits, and digitalization efforts: We want to reduce our carbon intensity by 50%, as compared to 2008 benchmark.

To achieve a 50% absolute reduction, we need to reduce the intensity by more than 70-80%. Odfjell has the goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050.

Climate neutral is an ambition for Odfjell, but it requires actions outside our control. An example is availability of fuel. We will do what we can to prepare and be capable of being climate-neutral if climate neutral fuel is available. Carbon-ofsetting is not a part of our strategy to be climate-neutral.   

Climate targets

1. We will cut greenhouse gas emission by 50% by 2030 compared to 2008*.

2. We are dedicated to pursuing a zero-emission strategy and will only order newbuilds with zero-emission capable technology.

3. We will have a zero-emission-capable fleet from 2050.

4. We will actively support initiatives to develop technology and infrastructure for decarbonization, zero-emissions, energy efficiency and support international regulation to drive zero-emission for our industry and our value chain.


*Intensity target for carbon, measured in Annual Efficiency Ratio of CO2

Sea transportation and storage of bulk liquid products involve many potential environmental hazards. We know that we are exposed to the risk climate change poses, and continuously work to understand, assess and mitigate that risk. Sound principles and well-implemented quality management systems are necessary to provide safe and efficient operations. At Odfjell, decarbonization is integrated in our ship management and tankers business. 

We are on our way: the carbon intensity for our controlled fleet is now 52% lower than the 2008 reference value.

This efficiency increase and emission reduction is not only good for the environment, it is also good for business, leading to substantial financial savings. In tandem with the development of our climate targets, we developed a Sustainability Linked Framework for issuing sustainability-linked loans and bonds.

We have passed another significant milestone on our transition journey with the introduction of a ‘Transition Finance Framework’. The initiative is a first in the Nordic region and solidifies our position at the forefront of sustainable finance practices. The Transition Finance Framework has been developed with support from DNB as Transition Finance Advisor. The framework serves as a holistic approach to transition investments, capturing both small and large decarbonization projects that Odfjell intends to invest in. The framework can be used for both bonds and loans and adheres to the latest industry guidelines for use-of-proceeds instruments and transition financing.

Nature risk assessments are a new and emerging approach to evaluating risks associated with biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. With the increasing awareness of the interconnectedness of the natural world, it has become clear that human activities have a significant impact on the environment and the services it provides. The Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) has released draft guidelines for conducting nature risk assessments, which aim to provide a framework for businesses and organizations to assess their potential impact on nature and biodiversity. Odfjell has prepared an initial Nature Risk assessment in line with the TNFD Guidelines on page 27-35 of it’s Climate/Nature Risk assessment. The nature risk assessment identifies inherent risk for shipping, and a potential financial impact for shipping.

For more information on our Environment performance please see:

ESG report: Environment Health, Safety & Environmental Policy Climate/Nature Risk assessment

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