One of the main objectives in our purpose of “enabling sustainable societies with smart technology” is to strive towards a clean and low-emission future. Our environmental management practices give full support to reaching this goal.
For Wärtsilä, environmental responsibility has two dimensions: products and operations. Most of the efforts to improve our environmental performance, including our operations, are conducted as part of the product development and improvement processes. This work is supported by operational measures, which are based on achieving high environmental standards and which seek constant 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 QEHS Management 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 and OHSAS 18001 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.
At the end of 2019, 55 Wärtsilä companies operated with a certified environmental management system. These certified environmental management systems cover roughly 82% of our total workforce.