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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.

During the first quarter, Wärtsilä submitted its Aquarius Electro-Chlorination Ballast Water Management System for US Coast Guard (USCG) type approval after successfully completing all the testing procedures required. Wärtsilä received type approval from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2013 for the Electro-Chlorination system and the same design was used for the USCG application. This current testing has again proven the consistent performance of the Wärtsilä solution, and demonstrates the high reliability, robustness and effectiveness of the system.

In March, Wärtsilä’s Seals & Bearings business and the Green Award Foundation announced their co-operation efforts in environmental protection. Wärtsilä Seals & Bearings has joined the Green Award scheme as an incentive provider to further encourage the reduction of emissions and a clean, sustainable future.

Personnel health and safety is a priority for Wärtsilä. Wärtsilä’s fourth global safety day was arranged in March under the theme ‘On the Road’. The aim was to raise awareness of risks and to support employees in making safer choices when travelling.

Wärtsilä’s share is included in several sustainability indices. During the first quarter, Wärtsilä was reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe. Wärtsilä was also included in the annual Global 100 list of the most sustainable large corporations in the world compiled by Corporate Knights.

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