Maersk Group is reducing its impact on the climate with a drop of 9% in CO2 emissions in 2008 compared to the previous year. This represents a fall of 5 million tonnes CO2 and has been achieved through lower fuel consumption on ships and reduced flaring from platforms. The positive trend is continuing in 2009 in line with the Group’s new environmental strategy, which was decided last year and now being implemented throughout the various business units.
The significant CO2 reduction is one of the main results in the “Health, Safety, Security and Environment Report 2008” – a report, which the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group publishes for the second consecutive year. The 2008 report contains a number of improvements, both when it comes to performance and reporting.
“We have taken many important initiatives in 2008 and we firmly believe they will enhance improvements in our performance in coming years,” says Head of Group HSSE, Joseph Nazareth.
“Especially on environment I am pleased to say we have made progress. In the economic downturn we remain committed to improving our impact on the environment and climate,” says Joseph Nazareth.
The Group’s transport segment, dominated by the container business in Maersk Line, is responsible for more than 90% of the Group’s fuel consumption. Still, ocean shipping is by far the most environmentally friendly way of transporting goods. Because of optimised usage of energy, the transport segment had a drop of 8% in fuel consumption despite increased business activity.
These achievements come as a result of the Group’s work with the new environmental strategy. By pursuing a high level of energy efficiency, the strategy works simultaneously to the benefit of the environment and the businesses, where this creates economic value and competitiveness.
Initiatives on health and safety
In the area of health and safety, several initiatives were taken last year, among these two manuals. One is a Group HSSE manual to ensure proper organisation and leadership in business units on health, safety, security and environment. The other is the Group Health Manual to secure minimum requirements for the management of employee health. The expectation is that the manuals will guide the Group’s performance in the years to come.
Last year, the Group regrettably suffered 20 fatalities, all of them in the transport segment. The year before the Group had 25. As in 2007 there were no fatalities in the energy segment, and the overall trend on work related incidents is positive. In 2008, the Group was able to establish a baseline for the overall result for Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) – it will help showing future progress.
“It is a key objective in our Group to eliminate work related fatalities, and we deeply regret the 20 fatalities we suffered in 2008. We are investigating root causes and with improved safety procedures due to our new manual and increased focus on safety we emphasize our commitment in this area,” says head of Group HSSE, Joseph Nazareth.
With many upgradings, the HSSE-Report 2008 sets the direction for next year’s version. In the present report the amount of data has increased, particularly on electricity consumption. “Security” is added as a new topic and a section about climate change has been included too. Next year the report will broaden its scope even further to form a comprehensive non-financial report as it will turn into a sustainability report covering topics such as human rights, labour standards and anti-corruption.