Thursday, March 14, 2019

Freight and Passenger Ferry Services Look to Protect the Environment

Target to Cut Carbon Emissions, Reduce Waste and Educate the Public
Shipping News Feature
UK – In line with so many others in the shipping industry CalMac, which operates RoRo freight and passenger ferry services on the west coast of Scotland, is making determined efforts to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. To this end the company has highlighted its progress in its new Environmental Strategy, which outlines detailed steps the company is taking to better protect the environment it sails in.

CalMac says it is on course to cut its carbon emissions by 5% this year thus achieving its aim to reduce carbon footprint by 5% by the end of 2019 against a 2016 baseline. Other key targets are reducing water consumption by 10% by 2020 based on 2016 baseline; deliver action led biodiversity plans at half of CalMac sites by 2020; and increase its recycling rates by a minimum of 15% by 2020 from 2017 baseline.

The reduction in carbon produced is mainly down to the use of fuel monitoring systems, increasing operational efficiency and by working with industry academics to deliver energy efficient vessels. Reducing and eliminating waste is another cornerstone of CalMac’s environmental pledges. It is working to reduce single use plastics on board and looking at introducing more efficient waste management systems to help reduce, reuse and recycle more effectively.

This process will be backed with a new programme designed with partners to raise awareness of the impact of marine litter. CalMac’s Environmental Manager, Klare Chamberlain explained the whole company strategy thus:

”Environmental issues are now at the forefront of CalMac thinking across the business, and we are confident we will achieve our initial targets by 2020 taking us a step closer to becoming a green leader within the industry. One of the biggest successes over the past few years has been our Marine Awareness Programme, raising the profile of the biodiversity of wildlife across the west coast.

”Since 2015 CalMac has worked with ORCA, a marine mammal charity, on Oceanwatch, a mammal survey to understand mammal populations in European waters. We will also be expanding and building on this work over the next few years to educate passengers about the fantastic biodiversity contained in our waters.

”Delivering this strategy was a key part of our winning bid for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract. We wanted to set achievable objectives that would really make a difference to protecting and enhancing the environment in which we operate.”

CalMac worked with 14 partners to develop the programme including Marine Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage to help passengers get the most from the environment they are travelling through and full details of the Environmental Strategy can be viewed HERE.