The environment is an integral and essential part of our sustainability work. In a way, it is the mothership of all Greencarrier Group activities. As a mothership carries and leads other smaller vehicles, the environment carries and leads our business in the right direction and towards the right decisions. Our ambition is to be the frontrunner in the transport industry; a competent partner who provides eco-friendly alternatives to traditional transport solutions. Our environmental responsibility includes caring for the environment across all levels of our organisation.
We believe in the importance of environmental protection and improvement for the long term. Over the years, we have taken various actions to minimise the environmental impact of our operations. Here are some examples of what we do:
The Clean Shipping Network is a global environmental organisation exclusively dedicated to shipping. It promotes guidelines aimed at the protection and restoration of the marine and atmospheric environment that are consistent with sustainable development. The network acts for a sustainable development in the shipping industry by encouraging ship owners to use techniques with less environmental impact. As a member of the Clean Shipping Network, we have access to the Clean Shipping Index Tool. The tool allows us to measure and evaluate our carriers’ environmental performance, follow up their emission pollutants and assist them in finding the right actions.
Working in the Greencarrier Group means complying with laws, ordinances, regulations and other requirements – as a minimum. We actually want to go further than what the legislation requires from us. And it also includes our customers and suppliers. We want to inspire them to take an even larger responsibility for the environment, and moreover, we act as their environment competence partner. Together with our customers and suppliers, we work to find new activities that support environmentally smart transport solutions.
We have implemented a unique Green Solutions concept focusing on smart and sustainable transport solutions. The concept involves the Greencarrier Group as environmental competence partner operating in a sustainable way and providing transport solutions that comply with the toughest environmental requirements, but without having to compromise with lead times, efficiency, economy or technology. We want to increase the awareness of carbon efficiency in the shipping industry. It is a concept under constant development to further meet our customers’ needs for smart and sustainable transport solutions that reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.
We want to stimulate each employee in the Greencarrier Group to increase our knowledge about environmental issues and raise awareness of the environmental aspects of our duties. Therefore, we provide an environmental training programme for all our staff. In order to spread knowledge about our environmental work, we continuously communicate our activities both internally and externally, through our Knowledge Blog for example. One of our ambitions is also to increase our efforts to improve our environmental impact by finding more projects to support in this field. Our Greencarrier Spirit Fund is one way of doing that.
In the Greencarrier Group, we have established what we call The Green Office. It means that in everything we do, we “think green” to reduce the environmental footprint in our office. We follow certain guidelines to lower the energy consumption and minimise the use of paper. We prioritise e-invoicing, phone and video conferencing and we recycle as much as we possibly can. We choose suppliers with sustainable products and donate what we don’t need to charity organisations. We also encourage our colleagues to switch their cars for bikes to and from work and every year, we participate in WWF Earth Hour.
Within Greencarrier Group the quality and envirionmental work are an integrated part of our daily work and actions. Following countries are certified against the quality standard ISO 9001:2015 – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway (Oslo,Stavanger and Kristiansand), Sweden, United Kingdom, Poland, China/Hong Kong and Lithuania. Following countries are certified against the environmental standard ISO 14001:2015 – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway (Oslo,Stavanger and Kristiansand), Sweden, United Kingdom, Poland, China/Hong Kong and Lithuania. Further 9001 and 14001 certification will be carried out during 2016-2017 in coordination with the roll out of the new transport management system.
Our transportation suppliers are acquired through a procurement process consisting of an initial screening of the potential supplier. In this process, the supplier answers a questionnaire sent out by us containing questions about how the supplier works and complies with different quality and environmental issues. Depending on the answers provided, the supplier will receive a label for its quality and environmental work.
Delivered solutions: Reduce CO2 emissions with 15% by 2017 and 30% by 2020 in all delivered solutions. 3 strategic solutions identified together with customers: Reduce CO2 emissions with 30% by 2020.