Reducing emissions from our ocean fleet is the single greatest way to improve our environmental performance.
With significantly reduced emissions, a company-wide competition to cut energy consumption, and the first certified CO2 emissions inventory in the industry. WWL is leading the way to a sustainable future.
1. RELATIVE VESSEL CO2 EMISSIONS CUT BY 21%
In its Environmental Sustainability Report for 2010, WWL reports on a number of actions it is taking to develop sustainable solutions. “Reducing emissions from our ocean fleet is the single greatest way to improve our environmental performance,” says CEO Arild B. Iversen. “In 2010, we reduced relative CO2 emissions per tonne carried per kilometre by 21 percent compared to 2009, as a result of improved utilisation and greater energy efficiency.”
2. SAVING 151,000 TONNES OF S02 EMISSIONS OVER 10 YEARS
WWL operates its vessels with low-sulphur fuel at sea and uses fuel with lower sulphur content for auxiliary engines when berthed. As a result of its 1.5 percent global low sulphur fuel policy, the company has saved 151,000 tonnes of sulphur from being emitted during the last 10 years. “We believe that the best way to reduce environmental risk and cost is to be an environmental forerunner,” says Iversen. “2010 marked the seventh year in a row that WWL has kept the average global sulphur content of bunker fuel below 1.5 percent.”
3. CERTIFIED CO2 EMISSIONS INVENTORY
WWL’s CO2 emissions inventory is the first in the shipping industry to receive third-party verification that it conforms to the accounting requirements of ISO 14064-1 and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. “We are committed to the notion that a sustainable supply chain means minimal environmental impacts and risks, and that progress and accountability require that we declare our objectives and measure our performance,” says Iversen.
4. LAUNCHING A ZERO-EMISSION TERMINAL CONCEPT
In 2010, WWL unveiled the Castor Green Terminal & Processing Centre, extending the company’s zero-emissions ambition from the ocean to its land-based activities. The Castor Green Terminal integrates terminal, processing and distribution activities into one site, enabling truly optimised supply chains while eliminating CO2 and other harmful emissions from terminal and processing activities. “We believe that Castor will make sustainable intermodal solutions not only viable, but preferred by our customers and all those who participate in port activities,” Iversen says.
5. THE GREEN ZONE COMPETITION
In 2010, WWL launched the Green Zone Competition, an innovation challenge to employees that generated nearly 200 proposals for reducing energy consumption and emissions at the company’s terminal and processing facilities. The entries ranged from small, practical improvements to larger investment initiatives, and all had to yield both environmental benefits and financial savings. The winning ideas will be implemented and incorporated as a best practice in “Way of Working,” WWL’s global industrial management system and tool for continuous improvement.