Environmental Improvement sponsored by Toyota Material Handling: Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

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The great bulk of entries for this Award centred on the reduction of carbon emissions achieved through cutting road transport and travel – using networks more intelligently and entering into collaborative arrangements to share transport and reduce empty mileage. However, there were two entries which really stood out, for the breadth, approach and dedication to environmental improvement. Drinks company, C&C Group, displayed continuous improvement in environmental performance through concentrating efforts on areas of greatest impact. The company recently installed an anaerobic waste water treatment plant and carried out carbon footprint analysis for 2006 and 2007 – a sustainability framework document has been drawn up. It was clear that “the company was going out of its way to be green,” say the judges, and for this reason they “Highly Commend” C&C Group.
But then there was automobile shipping line, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. “This company is shaping its industry sector with its environmental initiatives and its dedication to the welfare of the planet,” say the judges. In 2004 WWL became the first shipping company to implement a global ultra-low sulphur fuel policy and develop a “zero” emissions RoRo concept ship. Between 2001 and 2008 the company cut its SO2 emissions by a dramatic 121,293 tonnes – a 35 per cent reduction. With regards to CO2, in 2008 the company cut CO2 emissions in grams per tonne kilometre by 6.9 per cent compared to 2007 and has achieved an 18.2 per cent reduction since 2004 – well in advance of industry standards. WWL is also fitting out new ships with ballast water treatment systems to stem the spread of invasive marine species. The judges were unanimous in their decision that the award should go to Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.

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