Care for the environment has always been a natural part of Stena Line’s operations. Showing consideration for the environment and the world around us is part of the Group’s core value Care, and of Stena’s central concept to create value for the next generation.
Stena Line is currently taking further steps in a sustainable direction, with a clear strategy to be a leader in green development among European ferry operators. To support this, a new sustainability department has been created, which has the task of monitoring the external environment and driving Stena Line’s sustainability work. Some of the key issues in shipping involve reducing the vessels’ fuel consumption and reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Stena Line is already at the forefront in these areas, with a number of innovations and solutions that contribute to reducing environmental impacts, often developed in cooperation with other Group companies.
The most obvious example is the conversion of Stena Germanica to be the world’s first vessel to run on methanol. Other examples include installation of closed-loop sulphur scrubbers, connection to shore-based power, optimisation of hull and propellers, and sophisticated programs for measurement and monitoring of fuel consumption. More than 300 different energy-saving projects have been initiated since 2005, of which about 260 have already been implemented.
“Sustainability is now on the agenda of all departments and functions.”
However, sustainability work is not just about technical solutions. The SAVE e-learning course has been introduced to inspire employees to include an environmental perspective in their daily work, and provides practical tips on small and large environment-saving measures onboard. SAVE was introduced in 2015, and 2,770 of Stena Line’s 5,100 employees have completed the training to date.
“Stena Line has taken major steps to become more sustainable in recent years, which is fantastic. The creation of a new sustainability department, the introduction of an approach based on the UN’s sustainability goals and the involvement of our employees via the SAVE training programme are milestones for us. We are already seeing the results of these efforts, particularly now that sustainability is on the agenda of all departments and functions. Commitment from management and involvement of everyone – that is how we become a sustainable company”, says Cecilia Andersson, Environmental Manager at Stena Line.
METHANOL PROJECT WITH FUTURE POTENTIAL
In 2015, Stena Germanica became the world’s first ship to be converted to run on methanol. Methanol, a fuel normally produced from natural gas, reduces emissions of sulphur, particulates and nitrogen significantly compared with traditional marine fuel. Development is now entering a new phase, with Stena Teknik participating in a project with partners including SSAB and Swerea MEFOS research institute. The goal is to try to develop a method to extract methanol from the residual gases that arise during steel production. Exploiting the potential of these gases and converting them into renewable marine fuel can reduce the industry’s environmental impact, while a by-product from the production can be used again as a raw material. The methanol project is a collaboration between eleven companies from six different countries and has been granted EU funding of SEK 110 million. Implementation will take place at Swerea MEFOS in Luleå and the project will continue until 2020.
ENVIRONMENTAL GOALS FOR THE PORT OF HOLYHEAD
In addition to ferry operations, Stena Line also owns five ports. One of them is the large port in the town of Holyhead in north west Wales, where the ferries frequently travel back and forth to Dublin. Several measures have been implemented at the Port of Holyhead to make operations more environmentally friendly. The largest project so far was carried out in summer, when 768 solar panels were installed on the roofs of the terminal buildings and garage. The solar cells generate about 164,400 kWh per year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 89 tonnes per year. In addition, the port has achieved its goal of zero landfill, which means that 100% of the waste generated by the port and its visiting ships is recycled. Other energy-saving measures include switching to LED bulbs and installing of charging stations for electric cars. The port is also certified to ISO 14001.
Stena Property's goal is to reduce the electricity consumption in residential and commercial properties with 30% between 2010 and 2020. At the end of 2016 the electricity consumption since 2010 had decreased by 25%.
REWARDING REDUCED FUEL CONSUMPTION
The purpose of Stena Bulk’s Energy Performance Race is to save fuel costs and reduce emissions, while engaging employees. The programme is designed as a contest, with comparable vessels competing to consume as little fuel as possible in relation to their estimated consumption budget. With the support of measurement and analytical instruments, skilled captains can optimise vessel speed, thereby reducing fuel consumption. The vessels that perform the best against their budget during the year win a contribution to their staff welfare account, which can be used to increase the contentment factor onboard. The 2016 winner in the Suezmax tanker segment was Stena Supreme. Marinko Braskin, captain of the ship, attributes the success to several factors, including good cooperation between the bridge and the engine room, good ship design and careful voyage planning.
1,100 tonnes of fuel were saved by Stena Supreme compared to its budgeted annual consumption
“When the opportunity arises, we take advantage of favourable currents, which reduces the speed of the engine and therefore has a direct effect on fuel consumption. We hope to continue in the same way during 2017. We will use the prize money to update the fitness equipment onboard,” says Marinko Braskin.
STENA PROPERTY AIMING HIGH
All Stena Property’s companies are certified according to the Swedish Environmental Base, which means that they follow a standard for reducing their environmental impacts. The areas in which Stena Property has identified its primary impacts are electricity, water and heating, and specific objectives to reduce this consumption have been established. To continuously work to reduce environmental impacts, there are environmental and energy specialists on site at all locations where Stena Property operates. When new constructions are planned, there are strict requirements regarding environmental impact, and the energy consumption in all new buildings is 25% lower than the norm for newly built houses. In addition, in Stena Property’s entire housing portfolio, 100% of the electricity supply is from green electricity, i.e., electricity from renewable energy sources.
COOPERATION FOR OCEAN HEALTH
The World Ocean Council is a global alliance of stakeholders from a variety of maritime industries – from shipping to tourism and fishing. The aim is to create a broad commitment on companies’ responsibility for ocean health, based on the idea that joint action produces greater effects than individual organisations can produce alone. Stena Bulk is a member of the World Ocean Council, and was also the first Swedish shipping company to join the association. Membership provides Stena Bulk with an international platform for collaboration with other stakeholders, which creates better conditions for managing the sustainability challenges that exist in the shipping industry. Through the World Ocean Council, Stena Bulk has participated in seminars and panel discussions on the Polar Code and the development around the Arctic.
VACUUM TECHNOLOGY BENEFICIAL IN HOSPITAL ENVIRONMENTS
During the year, Envac won the Swecare Export Award 2016, an award which aims to highlight successful Swedish export initiatives related to health, medical and social care. One area where Envac’s vacuum technology is very useful is hospital environments, where both washing and waste can be handled easily and hygienically. Instead of manual handling, dirty laundry and waste are transported in closed pipe systems, which reduces the risk of infection and also means less lifting and pulling for staff. Envac’s vacuum solutions are installed around the world in hospital environments including China, Singapore, Canada and Brazil in recent years.