Climate and environment

 

Our aim is to support our marine and energy sector customers on their decarbonisation journey. We continuously invest in sustainable innovation and product development to deliver digital solutions and innovative technologies. Furthermore, we also do our part as an organisation to minimise our own environmental footprint. In 2021, we announced our commitment to ambitious climate targets. By 2030, our goal is to become carbon neutral in our own operations and to provide a product portfolio ready for zero carbon fuels. These new targets demonstrate our commitment to a sustainable future.

 

Products

Decarbonisation is a priority in our product and product portfolio development, including abatement technologies. Carbon neutral fuels can be used already today, and we are developing our portfolio further so that zero carbon fuels can be used before 2030. Our revised sustainability ambitions include targets for our product development.

As our products have a long operational life, identifying the lifecycle impacts of our products is essential for understanding their total environmental impact. We manage the lifecycle of our products through their design, the careful selection of suppliers, production methods, and by optimising transportation, maintenance, and repairs during their operational life. The reconditioning of products and components increases their reliable service life, while modernising improves the existing operational performance of installations.

Striving for continual improvement

The continual improvement in environmental performance requires us to consistently work in a systematic way. This work is guided by our strategy and environmental targets, our Code of Conduct, as well as policies relating to Quality, Environment, Health and Safety, coordinated and monitored by the cross-business Wärtsilä EHSS (Environment, Health, Safety and Security) team. In developing our operations, processes and products, we endeavour to utilise the latest technologies available for improving efficiency in areas such as material and energy consumption, as well as for reducing and managing emissions and waste throughout the lifecycle of our products and services.

Operations and products are continuously developed and improved with the help of certified environmental management systems. The principle means is to apply certified Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) management systems based on ISO 14001 / ISO 45001 in all Group companies, excluding those companies focusing purely on sales. Our EHS management systems cover all operations carried out by our subsidiaries. This promotes environmental protection and allows the reduction of adverse impacts to be carried out on a wide front.

Our EHS management system emphasises compliance with legal requirements, identifying and reducing environmental impacts and risks, training personnel and clearly defining their responsibilities, the full documentation of activities and procedures, actions to be taken in emergencies, and the continuous improvement of environmental performance. Our subsidiaries and business units set their own targets for covering the significant environmental aspects of their operations, and for monitoring the overall performance of their management systems.