It’s essentially a practical tool to help us progress towards the Castor Green Terminal vision.
WWL’s vision for the Castor Green Terminal is not an ambiguous ideal – it’s a statement of intent. To ensure tangible progress is being made when it comes to sustainability, the Castor Green programme is now being implemented at WWL land-based sites across the globe.
The Castor Green Terminal, WWL’s concept for a terminal and processing centre with zero emissions and minimal environmental impact, will hopefully be the future of the logistics industry. By 2020, at least one of WWL’s land-based facilities will meet this standard – this is one of the ambitious targets set out in the company’s vision.
It’s an exciting concept, however ideals and aspirations alone are not enough. If the vision for a Castor Green Terminal is to become a reality by 2020, concrete actions are needed now, because without real results, it risks becoming empty rhetoric.
To avoid this trap, the Castor Green programme has been created to help WWL’s land based sites measure their environmental impact and track their progress.
“It’s essentially a practical tool to help us progress towards the Castor Green Terminal vision,” says Roger Strevens, VP Environment, WWL. “It adds structure and quantifiable measurements so that we can ensure we’re heading in the right direction.”
Under the initiative, each participating site is measured according to seven KPIs, covering four key environmental areas: land, energy, water and waste. Within each KPI there are four standards of achievement: green, greener, greenest and Castor Green. A site’s progress is determined either by the improvement in percentage terms in comparison to the baseline year of 2012, or in the number of approved best practice initiatives implemented for a KPI.
“We know that different sites have different circumstances, such as business portfolio, climate, local regulations, and resources, so progress and the feasibility of best practices will differ from site-to-site,” adds Strevens. “Therefore it’s important to stress that the Castor Green programme isn’t intended for making comparisons between sites – it’s about tracking an individual site’s performance over time. Not all sites may reach the Castor Green level, but as long as they’re making improvements and contributing to the overall objectives then there are real gains when it comes to environmental progress.”
In addition, WWL has created a catalogue of approved best practices, so that successful initiatives can be shared globally. If a site implements an action that produces positive results, they can send a proposal to the review board, who check that it is consistent with the programme’s objectives and can be accepted into the catalogue.
As part of the roadmap towards 2020, WWL has set objectives for 2015. However Roger Strevens is keen to point out that the Castor Green Standard is not a minimum standard that must be met – it’s an ideal to work towards. The 2020 objective is for at least one facility to have reached the Castor Green Standard, and at least half of the participating facilities to be at the Greenest standard or higher.
Strevens says the program has been received very positively: “People are very enthusiastic about it as it appeals to our sense of civic pride,” he adds. “Improved sustainability and environmental care is good for business and good for society, so everyone benefits.”
Reaching the ideal
To fulfil the Castor Green Standard – the highest level according to the scale - a site must fulfil the following requirements:
- The amount of green space on site must be at least ten percent of the total.- Energy consumption reduced by at least 80 percent.*
- 100 percent of energy from renewable sources.
- Fuel consumption reduced by at least 80 percent.*
- 100 percent of water consumption supply from rain.
- Water consumption reduced by at least 80 percent.*
- Waste to landfill reduced by 99 percent.*
*Relative to 2012 baseline
The Castor Green program in a nutshell
The Castor Green scale consists of seven KPIs, divided into four areas with a high impact on the environment.
- Proportion of green space on site
- Electricity consumption per working hour*
- Energy consumption covered by renewable sources
- Fuel consumption per working hour*
- Reduction in consumption*
- Proportion of supply from rainwater
- Reduction in waste to landfill
*Relative to 2012 baseline