Trelleborg report reveals the maritime industry’s commitment to long-term sustainability goals
Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation has launched a new research report titled ‘Serious About Sustainability’, which reveals where sustainability sits on the maritime sector’s priority list, the key business drivers for sustainability and what actions are having the most immediate impact. The report also details the pivotal role partnerships are playing in creating a more sustainable value chain.
Comprising quantitative and qualitative research across more than 90 organizations around the globe, respondents ranged from various maritime roles and businesses, including port owners and operators, engineers, tug operators, maritime pilots, and consultants.
Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation, says: “Climate change presents the single biggest threat to sustainable development in the marine and infrastructure industries. Action is needed. However, with increasing stakeholder expectations and regulations - such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Greenhouse Gas Strategy 2050 - the maritime industry finds itself at a pivotal point in the debate around sustainability. As the conversation continues to grow in both volume and reach, so do initiatives, such as the World Ports Sustainability Program, the Environmental Ship Index and the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The events of 2020 have given way to a renewed and heightened focus on the environment and as a result, sustainability is climbing higher and higher on the agenda of those across the maritime sector, with reputation and business responsibility the key motivating factors, ahead of regulatory requirements and risk. Our new research report reveals exactly how the maritime sector is responding and provides insights and analysis into the way ahead.”
Guided by the UN’s SDG’s and a firm belief that prioritizing sustainability above everything is the right thing to do, Trelleborg Group has pledged a long-term commitment to enhancing sustainability by design, a commitment to create more sustainable products, technology, and operational processes to the benefit of both the planet and its customers. In support of the United Nation’s goals, the commitment of Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation spans three key focus areas. These include responsible supply chains from sourcing to end-of-life, decarbonizing the maritime and infrastructure sector through the development of cleantech, and engineering sustainability through premium product design.