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 is also committed to supporting the UN sustainability goals that deal with issues to which Wärtsilä contributes in a positive way. Such goals include those related to clean energy, a low-carbon marine ecosystem and responsible business conduct.
During the first quarter, Wärtsilä’s energy saving propeller cap, the EnergoProFin, was listed in the 2019 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Program which provides discounts in harbour dues for vessels visiting the Port of Vancouver that meet environmental best practices for reduced emissions, underwater noise, and other environmental impacts.
In February, Wärtsilä and Aalto University in Finland signed a partnership agreement that aims at strengthening and broadening their current cooperation. The challenges related to climate change, scarcity of natural resources and digitalisation call for creative solutions that require new research, talent, and ideas. Wärtsilä and Aalto University are looking to take on these challenges together by stepping up their collaboration.
Personnel health and safety is a priority for Wärtsilä. Wärtsilä’s fifth global safety day was arranged in March. The aim was to raise awareness of Wärtsilä’s lifesaving rules, which were introduced to ensure safe practices and consistent behaviour for preventing incidents that could result in a serious injury or fatality.
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 as well as the Ethibel PIONEER and Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Registers.