April 16 - Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) says it is on track to reduce its relative green house gas emissions with 30 percent by 2015, compared to a 2005 baseline.

In 2011, CO2 emissions in grams per tonne km were reduced by 4 percent compared to 2010, said the company, which attributed the change to improved fleet utilisation, improved energy efficiency and new vessels entering the fleet.

The figures cited above are part of the company's 2011 Environmental Sustainability Report. In the Report the company also highlights the significant environmental regulations coming into effect this decade to reduce the environmental impacts from shipping, including air pollution, greenhouse gases and the transfer of marine species.

"We actively work to reduce our impact on the environment, cutting emissions and increasing efficiency through investments in vessel design and technology," declared Arild B. Iversen, president & CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. "So far this has kept us one step ahead of environmental regulations, but to go further we need to work closer together with customers and partners to adjust to this new reality."

WWL also reported results of its global low-sulphur fuel policy, which has allowed the company to eliminate 167,000 tonnes of sulphur dioxide emissions (SO2) emissions from 2000 to 2011.

An online report (www.2wglobal.com/esr) contains WWL's environmental performance metrics and information on the company's other environmental initiatives including:

• Employee engagement programmes turning ambition into action, such as the Energy Efficiency Competition for seafarers, generating 106 improvement opportunities for vessels, and an environmental training programme for employees globally.

• Partnering with the Savannah Ocean Exchange to extend the reach of the Orcelle Award Together with the SOE, the company can progress further and faster in promoting and developing environmentally and economically sustainable solutions for shipping.