WWL’s low sulphur fuel policy pays environmental dividends

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One of the world’s major providers of factory-to-dealer vehicle transportation services, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) is continuing to lead the industry in its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of deep sea cargo movements.

Melanie Moore, Global Head of Environment and Quality, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics said that the company had calculated that it cut CO2 emissions in grams per tonne kilometre (g/tkm) by 6.9% in 2008 compared to 2007 and achieved an 18.2% reduction since 2004 – well in advance of industry standards.

Between 2001 and 2008, WWL saved 121,293 tonnes of SO2 emissions by using lower sulphur content fuel compared to the industry average. This is equivalent to one and half times as much SO2 that London, a city of 7.2 million, emitted over a similar period*.

In addition, WWL has reduced its NOx emissions in 2008 by 20.8% since 1999.

These are just some of the facts to be found in WWL’s ‘Environmental and Social Responsibility Report 2008’ published today (18 August 2009).

Other highlights of the 2008 report include:

– Two vessels were fitted with a ballast water treatment system – “Pure Ballast” – that uses a chemical free process to stem the spread of marine invasive species. This brings the total number of vessels with treatment systems to three.

– 66% of WWL’s vessels met the company’s objective of 5 ppm (parts-per-million) oil in bilge water – the IMO requirement is 15 ppm.

– The average sulphur content in the bunker fuel used globally was 1.39%. Since 2004, the company has maintained 1.5% sulphur content as a maximum standard globally, compared with the international requirement of 4.5%.

– WWL’s Orcelle Fund provided a grant to a “Carbon Negative Transport System” project that uses low carbon emissions power systems for vessels. The Orcelle Fund, which grew out of the company’s visionary zero emission concept vessel E/S Orcelle, continues to support the development of alternative energy ideas.

WWL continued as the sole sponsor of WWF’s High Seas Conservation Programme. Its financial and organisational support enables WWF to campaign for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, encourage flag states to ramp up performance, establish spatial planning of the oceans, and combat invasive species transported in ballast water.

“WWL has again shown a strong track record in reducing its environmental impacts, setting high standards for the entire industry. WWF is pleased to work with such a forward thinking company and encourages WWL to continue work towards its zero emissions goal,” said Miguel Jorge, Director Marine, WWF International.

Mrs Moore said: “We have a long term vision of a zero emissions vessel. This keeps us energetically working towards a future where fossil fuels will be limited and harmful emissions will not be accepted as a business practice.

“It’s a marathon, and that is why we focus so intensely today on continual reductions in our environmental impact,” she concluded.

Care of the marine environment has been a fundamental ethic of WWL since its formation in 1999. Not content with being the first shipping company to implement a global low sulphur fuel policy of 1.5% in 2004, WWL developed the world’s first ‘zero’ emissions concept ship E/S Orcelle; and in its 10th anniversary year WWL continues to champion the wellbeing of the maritime environment.