Inside Lean:Green Works: Embracing renewable energy on land
Wallenius Wilhelmsen operates more than 100 RoRo vessels, 11 marine terminals and 71 processing centres – and we’re committed to a goal of achieving zero emissions from all our operations.
We’ve already made important steps on that journey. The CO2 intensity of our fleet is steadily reducing. On land, we’re assessing how to optimise energy consumption and reduce emissions from our offices and processing centres to improve the sustainability of operations.
But we also know there’s a lot more work to be done.
One area that will shrink our carbon footprint long-term is using renewable fuels and energy such as wind, wave and solar power to run energy-intensive parts of the business – like our global network of vehicle and equipment processing centres.
The benefits of eco-friendly power
As part of Lean:Green Works, Thomas Mitchell, process improvement manager at the MIRRAT terminal in Melbourne, Australia, explains that the team is now assessing the options for using renewable energy at all processing sites and terminals across the world. “Our analysis is exploring the costs and the benefits of renewable energy to help the management team make a strategic transition to renewables.”
Mitchell has always had a “strong interest” in sustainability. “When I heard about the Lean:Green projects I thought it was a great opportunity to be involved in something that serves Wallenius Wilhelmsen, and also spurs change in the wider industry.”
Transitioning to renewable energy at our sites is just one part of a complex overall picture for sustainability, Mitchell explains. “With this Lean:Green Works project, we hope to be able to provide insights that will enable the business to make strategic data-driven decisions about how we can become more sustainable over time.
“We want to strengthen our position in the market while using renewable energy to help create the world we all want to live in.”