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Sustainable development

Thanks to its various technologies and specialised services, Wärtsilä is well positioned to reduce exhaust emissions and the use of natural resources, and to support its customers in preparing for new regulatory requirements. Wärtsilä’s R&D efforts continue to focus on the development of advanced environmental technologies and solutions. The company is committed to supporting the UN Global Compact and its principles with respect to human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. Wärtsilä’s share is included in several sustainability indices.

The International Convention for the Control and Management of ships’ ballast water and sediments was ratified in September 2016, and will enter into force on 8 September 2017. Wärtsilä has proactively developed its Aquarius range of Ballast Water Management System solutions, which comprises two treatment technologies. Aquarius-UV provides disinfection using ultra-violet light, while Aquarius-EC provides disinfection using sodium hypochlorite generated through side stream electro-chlorination. Both systems are IMO Type Approved, and are available for installations in both safe and hazardous areas. They also have USCG Alternate Management System (AMS) status.

In October, the IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) agreed to implement the global cap on the sulphur content of marine fuels effective from January 2020. The global cap will limit the sulphur content of marine fuels to 0.5%, requiring vessels to run on a cleaner fuel such as LNG, or install abatement systems. Wärtsilä’s exhaust gas cleaning systems have in excess of 200,000 running hours of operation, and this, together with its broad offering in gas and dual-fuel engine technologies, positions Wärtsilä well to assist fleet owners around the world to implement plans for compliance.

During 2016, Wärtsilä was selected as an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), both in the DJSI World and DJSI Europe indices. Inclusion in the DJSI is based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards and labour practices. Wärtsilä was also reconfirmed for inclusion in the Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Register, and selected for inclusion in the Ethibel PIONEER register.


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