Focusing on safety and the environment

Stena Care is about creating value and success in every part of the Stena companies’ activities and in all stakeholder relationships. Stena’s sustainability work is based on three pillars: economic, environmental and social responsibility.

The Stena Group contributes to the development of society in various ways. Shipping and ferry operations carry freight and private passengers, as well as oil and gas, thereby helping to increase trade and meet global energy needs. Stena also helps to secure energy supply by producing renewable electricity  and providing many people with safe homes in the Group’s properties. The environment, safety and community involvement are the sustainability issues identified as most important for Stena.

Continuous improvement measures

Shipping is the most energy-efficient mode of transport in relation to cargo volume, and about 90% of world trade is conducted over the oceans. Technological development is important – one of Stena’s newly built tankers uses about 25% less fuel than previous generation vessels of a comparable size. There are major environmental and economic gains in improving handling.

More than 200 projects have been completed under Stena Line’s energy-saving programme since it was initiated in 2006. These include installation of frequency-controlled equipment for pumps and fans, improvement of combustion in engines and optimisation of cargo.

Stena Bulk has come a long way in fuel efficiency measures in recent years, and the focus in 2014 has been on simplifying the work of the operators, thus facilitating saving measures. Each trip is undertaken with an energy budget, which is ­monitored and compared with statistics from other trips on the same route or with the same type of vessel. Speed, consumption and weather forecasts are included in the planning, in order to achieve optimum effects in terms of both economy and environment.

Fuel consumption for the entire fleet in 2014 increased by 3% in absolute figures as a result of an increased fleet, volumes and distances. At the same time, fuel efficiency improved by 14.7%, measured in tonnes/kilometre, and 2.2%, measured in tonnes/nautical mile.

The Sulphur Directive – and a world first

On 1 January 2015, a new sulphur directive came into force for shipping in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the English Channel and the coasts of North America. Under the directive, the maximum permissible sulphur content for marine fuels is reduced from 1% to 0.1%. The consequences for the shipping industry have been significant, as vessels sailing in these areas have either had to switch to more expensive low-sulphur fuels or invest in various types of exhaust cleaning systems on board.

However, this also means a further reduction in the already low emission levels, particularly sulphur oxides (SOX) but also dust and particulate matter (PM), which will allow shipping to consolidate its position as the “green” transportation option.

To meet the new directive in the best way for each vessel, Stena uses several alternative solutions. An exciting project involves evaluating a brand new fuel for shipping. In 2014, it was decided to convert the ferry Stena Germanica to run fully on methanol, which will substantially reduce SOX, NOX and PM emissions. Following the conversion, she will be the world’s first methanol-powered ferry.

High safety level

Safety is of utmost importance in all activities within the Stena Sphere. Stena Line works systematically on safety issues Despite this, a tragic accident occurred during the year in which an employee died during the unloading of a ship in Frederikshavn. As a result, procedures have been reviewed and safety has been particularly improved in the interface between ship and quay.

During the year, Stena Drilling introduced training for senior crewmen on drillships and rigs. The aim is to improve their ability to see the root causes of why accidents occur, which will make them more adept at avoiding accidents in the future. The ­rigorous safety work is also producing effects. In October, Stena Drilling celebrated a year without any LTIs on all seven units.

For more than 12 years, Northern Marine has worked in accordance with a method called Behaviour Based Safety (BBS) to prevent work-related accidents and injuries. By reporting unsafe conditions, actions or near-miss situations, a proactive and positive safety culture is created on board. In 2014, a total of 5,948 potential incidents were reported which could then be dealt with before they led to actual incidents. This is an increase of 17% compared with 2013, and is clear evidence that the system works.

Community involvement beyond the norm

Stena Property’s sustainability work is firmly rooted in the business concept of long-term ownership and development of attractive residential and commercial premises in good locations. To a large extent, this is based on community involvement in the property portfolio areas.

Through its own Relationship Management concept, the company develops sustainable residential and workplace environments. The purpose is to create involvement and increased responsibility for tenants by allowing them more control over their living environment. In concrete terms, Relationship Management means that Stena Property engages in a number of projects and activities that provide safety, well-being and stability in the residential areas, with a focus on children and young people. The projects include ­summer jobs for 300 young people in the residential areas, work experience, homework help, arts and cultural activities, environmental stewards, planting days and “library in the laundrette”.

Learn more about Stena’s sustainability work in the sustainability report.

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Sustainability at Stena is based on three pillars:

  • financial responsibility, with the aim of contributing to ­economic development;
  • environmental responsibility, where the goal is to reduce the Group’s impact on the environment; and
  • social responsibility, where the fundamental approach is to act ethically in everything the Group does.

Vessels’ CO2 emissions 2014, %

Total 3.2 million tonnes CO2

1) Concordia Maritime’s majority owner is Stena Sessan AB

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