WWL has a number of initiatives that help reduce its negative environmental impact on shore

For Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, environmental leadership is about focusing on the high impact areas as well as being transparent and accountable in reporting. The annual Environmental Sustainability Report is where the company reports its environmental progress, showing externally verified results.

Here are five highlights from the 2012 report.

1. CO2  Emissions Continue to Fall
Relative CO2 emissions were reduced by 2 percent in 2012, compared to 2011. The reduction was the result of improved utilization, energy efficiency and new vessels entering the fleet.  WWL’s objective is to reduce relative CO2 emissions 30 percent by 2015, compared to 2005. 

2. Savings on Sulphur

2012 saw WWL maintaining its 1.5 percent global fleet average sulphur policy for thee ninth consecutive year. This low sulphur fuel policy has saved 186, 500 tonnes of sulphur from being emitted over the last 12 years.

3. New Vessels Bring Reductions
Average NOx emissions in g/kWh were reduced by two percent in 2012. The reduction is the result of a rejuvenated fleet: newer vessels with more modern engines emit less NOx than older vessels.

4. Regulating Sulphur
Global sulphur regulations pose a significant cost and compliance challenge to the industry. With its four stream approach to sulphur compliance, WWL is exploring several avenues in order to find the most sustainable solution. The four areas that are being explored are <0.5% sulphur bunker oil; distillates, such as Marine Gas Oil; exhaust gas cleaning systems, also known as scrubbers and alternative energy sources such as LNG, biodiesel and others.

5. Land Based Sustainability
As well as sustainability on the ocean, WWL has a number of initiatives that help reduce its negative environmental impact on shore. Chief among them is the Castor Green program: a tool for measuring the sustainability of WWL’s land based sites.