Environmental & efficiency

Environmental legislation is in the future likely to become increasingly stringent, and the technologies employed to reach compliance should therefore be capable of going beyond just the immediate needs. Long-term, reliable, and comprehensive solutions are the only viable means for delivering the desired results.

How to minimize environmental footprint and comply with regulations?

In the marine and power plant sector, the objectives of an environmental strategy are very tangible; they are a question, above all, of reducing emissions and environmental impacts. A good environmental strategy can nevertheless achieve much more. When a company integrates environmental thinking with its key activities, it also improves operational efficiency while enhancing the company’s reputation.

All industries are having to face the challenge of reducing their environmental footprint. Nowhere is this need more acute than in the shipping and power plant sectors. How to comply with regulatory demands for reducing airborne emissions, lessening water contamination, and generally operating in a more sustainable way is top of the agenda everywhere. Integrating environmental issues to business strategies can achieve considerable competitive advantages. The marine and power plant industry is subject to a long list of environmental regulations: both local and global.

A good partner is able to offer solutions that are not only optimized according to the current situation. Instead, the ideal solutions are also optimized according to future demands in terms of both the environmental and operational efficiency.

What are the latest technologies and efficient solutions in reducing emissions? Regulation management is a key factor in any company’s environmental strategy. If regulation management does not function seamlessly, a company’s operations can be paralyzed as it surrenders to uncertainty and ceases to act methodically. The solutions chosen to enhance environmental sustainability should be effective, efficient, and competitively priced. They should also be able to be installed as quickly and as easily as possible, without seriously interrupting operations. Breaks in continuity upset schedules, affect costs, and impact competitiveness.

Whatever means are utilized in order to comply with current and anticipated environmental legislation, they must be cost-effective. New technologies and solutions aimed at, for example, reducing sulphur oxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions for ships sailing in Emissions Control Areas (ECAs), need to be economically, as well as technically, viable.Our environmental services provide products and solutions that range from reducing air emissions (NOx, SOx, CO, VOC) and adapting to different fuels to ballast water treatment and other water solutions.

Wärtsilä’s portfolio includes a range of products, solutions and services aimed at both land-based power plants and ship installations. As part of the portfolio Wärtsilä offers catalysts (SCR) that reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and scrubbers for removing sulfur oxides (SOx). We can also offer complete oily water treatment systems for power plants and marine applications that meet the most stringent standards, as well as ballast water treatment (BWT) systems which are vital to prevent organisms from one ecosystem upsetting the ecological balance in another. Our offerings cover total service packages, including start-ups, installations, engineering work, and maintenance and repairs.

Reputation and image are built on deeds rather than words. To be an environmental frontrunner is a competitive edge, and likely to be even more so in the future. A company’s image and reputation can be enhanced or tarnished according to how seriously it approaches environmental sustainability. Taking the lead in utilizing sustainable technologies, solutions and actions in all business operations is the responsible way forward.

A company does not become environmentally driven simply by saying so. In order to be environmentally driven it must perform concrete deeds that are genuinely environmentally driven and connected with its main activities. All else will be considered whitewashing – or rather “greenwashing”.

A better reputation should not be the sole aim of an environmental strategy – it should be its end result. If a company adopts an environmental strategy only to improve its reputation, it will be missing an enormous opportunity. If the focus is on reputation, the actions taken will represent little more than the pursuit of quick environmental gains.

Since the objective of a company’s environmental strategy should be financial success, environmental investments must be linked directly to making the company’s main operations more efficient. When the focus is on improving operational efficiency, both financial and environmental targets will be met. Return on Reputation has a positive impact on Return on Investment.