Wärtsilä Corporation Annual report 2014

The value of sustainable innovations

As a global leader in complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets, Wärtsilä plays a key role in providing environmental sound solutions and services that enable its customers to develop their businesses in a sustainable way. This approach is the basis of our sustainability work and it is supported by our strong commitment to responsible business conduct.

The growth in the world's energy needs, combined with increasingly stringent environmental requirements and the scarcity of natural resources, create a challenging operating climate for companies in Wärtsilä's line of business.

To secure our leading position at the forefront of sustainable innovation we continuously invest in technology development. We focus on improving the energy efficiency of our products, while we simultaneously strive to reduce emissions from them. As part of our sustainable innovation approach, we also assess the benefits that our solutions bring to, for example, power systems.

Innovation in product development and the willingness to explore new technologies is essential in order to meet the current needs of our customers, to be prepared for future requirements, and to remain an industrial frontrunner. We strive to develop environmentally sound products and solutions across a wide front, including technologies related to efficiency improvement, the reduction of gaseous and liquid emissions, waste reduction, noise abatement, as well as effluent and ballast water treatment. Our proactive approach to meeting future demand has resulted in the development of both primary and secondary abatement technologies, and has broadened the range of usable fuels. The commitment to investing in research and product development benefits Wärtsilä's customers as well as the environment, both in the short-term and over a longer time span.

The key features of Wärtsilä's environmentally sound solutions include:

  • Reliability, safety and long lifetime
  • Solutions to reduce emissions
  • Alternatives to heavy fuel oil
  • Flexibility in fuel use
  • Solutions to maximise efficiency with the lowest lifecycle cost
  • Solutions to minimise water consumption
  • Optimisation of vessel design and operations

By combining the key features and through understanding the system level benefits of our offering, we are able to provide solutions that enable the development of sustainable shipping and power systems.


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