As a global maritime industry group, we are involved in shipping and integrated logistics as well as providing about half the world’s commercial fleet with marine products and services, technical solutions and ship management. The environmental risks associated with these business activities vary considerably. For this reason, each business area adapts the group’s commitment to its own operations.
Efficient use of energy and resources
As a major participant in the transport sector we are actively working to decrease the environmental impact of our activities, and reduce the use of energy and natural resources per transported unit. Our aim is to reduce the waste from our activities through continuous improved efficiency in our operations, management and resources. As an example, we emphasize efficient green recycling of our vessels.
An active participant
Major environmental regulation dealing with air pollution, greenhouse gases and invasive marine species will come into effect this decade. Our goal is to be at the forefront of environmental regulations as and when they are enacted. We will do this by working actively with international regulatory bodies to develop regulations and frameworks for the maritime industry that are effective and promote fair competition within the industry.
Collaboration is the key
The environmental challenges facing the shipping industry cannot be solved by individual companies acting alone. We utilise our broad competence and shipping experience and collaborate with best practice organisations, institutions, and forums to fund future oriented business solutions.
In order to stay competitive, reduce emissions, and comply with new regulations, the development and implementation of new technology is vital. For example, the implementation of a stricter fuel sulphur limit in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) will prompt a switch to a more costly fuel type starting in 2015. To keep cost down, it is vital to focus on reduced consumption and to invest in cost saving technology, including a comprehensive fleet renewal.
- <0.5% bunker oil
- Distillates, such as marine gas oil
- Exhaust gas cleaning systems
- Assess other energy sources
Reduction of carbon emissions: The biggest environmental gain for the Wilhelmsen group will come from the continued reduction of CO2 emissions. The group’s fleet have been steadily decreasing its emissions, measured as average amount of emissions produced by moving one tonne of cargo one kilometre, through a combination of steady improvements, including advances in ships design and technology as well as refinements in operation. As an example, the ship operating company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics aims at reducing its relative greenhouse gas emissions with 30% by 2015, compared to a 2005 baseline. In 2014, WWASA fleet reduced its CO2 emissions by 8.1% compared to 2013.