Pole Star & CarbonChain Partner to Tackle Rising Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Shipping

London, UK

With the global commodities sector contributing 50% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is a major culprit behind the climate emergency that we are facing.

Demand for shipping grew twice as quickly as fuel efficiency improved between 2012-2018, and with maritime transportation underpinning global trade and moving 90% of traded goods across the globe, skyrocketing emissions from the shipping industry show no sign of slowing down unless drastic measures are taken by both international regulatory bodies, as well as by individual corporations by their own initiative.

Now more than ever, companies of all sizes must integrate ESG policies into their operational and financial decision-making processes to aid the move towards a sustainable future.

As such, Pole Star has partnered with carbon accounting solutions provider, CarbonChain, to combine our technologies enabling the industry to access ESG-based compliance in a simple and streamlined manner.

With an increasing number of countries set to adopt stricter regulations around CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions, this partnership has come at just the right time.

With CarbonChain’s best-in-class GHG emissions calculation tool, companies can easily measure their GHG emissions, and incorporate this data into their financial reporting and sustainable trade finance programs.

By incorporating CarbonChain’s emissions calculations on over 76,000 vessels into PurpleTRAC, Pole Star’s regulatory technology system enables users to screen and track vessels and their associated ownership, management, sanctions exposures and emissions in seconds.

“Sustainable trade finance is becoming essential for many of our banking and trading clients and is something we at Pole Star are very keen to promote & support. The alliance with Carbon Chain will enable us to incorporate vessel carbon ratings and sustainable trade reports in conjunction with our market leading sanctions compliance technologies PurpleTRAC. This will enable clients to screen vessels for sanctions and sustainability in seconds on the same platform and the response from clients to date has been more than positive.” Simon Ring, Head of Financial Markets Compliance, Pole Star.

“Robust ESG reporting for shipping fleets needs to become easier. CarbonChain has identified emission factors for a majority of the world’s vessels to help customers stay ahead of ESG requirements for the decades to come. The partnership with Pole Star brings two world leading organisations together. CarbonChain environmental performance data can now be delivered to existing users of Pole Star’s PurpleTRAC platform, meaning a single familiar interface for existing customers, and the option to extend their PurpleTRAC functionality to cover carbon emissions.” Adam Hearne, CEO & Co-Founder, CarbonChain.

To learn more about our solution, contact simon.ring@polestarglobal.com.

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About Pole Star:
At Pole Star Space Applications we develop pioneering technologies, empowering maritime insight to inform your real-world decisions. We are proud to work with governments and businesses across the supply chain. Together, we play an essential part in creating a transparent, secure, and compliant operating environment. Since 1998, we have pushed the limits of innovation, mitigating growing threats to ships, supply chains, cargo, territorial waters and, most importantly, lives within the maritime infrastructure and beyond. Today, we continue to develop new ways of turning complex data into accessible insight across regulatory conformance, sanctions screening, trade compliance, tracking, monitoring, and ship security. Our wide range of solutions are designed specifically to enable time-critical decisions and mitigate risk across all facets of maritime activity - from cross-border trade to the monitoring of territorial waters and everything in between.

About CarbonChain:
CarbonChain helps the world's most polluting industries — shipping, oil & gas, mining, metals, minerals and agriculture — automate the accounting of the carbon emissions in their supply chains. Founded in 2019, our leadership team has deep expertise in commodities, supply chain management and data science, having worked for Amazon, Rio Tinto, Boston Consulting Group, UBS and more. CarbonChain has been supported by the UK government’s innovation arm, InnovateUK, as well as leading venture capital funds such as YCombinator & Lowercase Carbon.

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