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.
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.
In May, Wärtsilä solutions for reducing emissions from gas flaring at oil drilling and production sites were recognised with White Snow, Clean Air awards held in conjunction with the 11th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting. Wärtsilä was also granted US Coastguard (USCG) Type Approval for its Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS). The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV (Ultra-Violet) technology utilises proven filtration and UV irradiation, while maintaining a high degree of safety and operability.
In September, Wärtsilä joined the “Getting to Zero 2030 Coalition”, whereby Wärtsilä, along with 74 other organisations, committed to the decarbonisation of deep-sea shipping and its energy value chains in line with the most ambitious interpretation of the IMO’s carbon emissions reduction strategy and the latest relevant IPCC climate science.
In October, Wärtsilä’s power plant in Kibuye, Rwanda, which operates on harmful gases from a ‘killer lake’ was recognised as one of the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Top 10 Renewable Energy Projects of the last 50 years.
Wärtsilä’s share is included in several sustainability indices, including Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), FTSE4Good Index Series, Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe, MSCI ACWI ESG Leaders Index, S&P Europe 350 ESG Index, OMX GES Sustainability Finland Index and STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index.