Release Date: 09 September 2008
Release ID: 829
With the publication of the first consolidated Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Report, the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group reaches a milestone in addressing and communicating these essential issues. The HSE-report 2007 marks a starting point of reporting to the Group’s stakeholders and will over time develop into a Sustainability Report covering additional important aspects such as human rights and labour issues.
“We are proud to present this report. HSE has always been a high priority within the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group and this report shows our commitment to making progress at HSE matters – in terms of reporting as well as performance,” says Joseph Nazareth, head of Group HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environment).
“Traditionally, the A.P. Moller - Maersk business units have made individual reports on HSE performance. But with this report we have now created a basis for reporting on Group level,” he adds.
Today HSE issues have become important aspects of the Group’s business strategy, which underscores the necessity of this report. With increasing demand for information on HSE from customers, investors and employees this is also the right timing for a report for the Group as a whole.
Working towards zero fatalities
Within safety, eliminating fatalities is a key objective. In 2007, A.P. Moller - Maersk regrettably suffered 25 fatalities, all in the transport segment which covers container shipping and terminals. Operating global transport systems is highly complex and involves activities such as moving containers weighing up to 30 tonnes. Even though it accounts for demanding workplaces, the Group aims for zero fatalities.
In the energy and industry segment, where risks are ever present, no fatalities happened in 2007. When it comes to incidents at the Group’s work places, the development was positive. APM Terminals for instance experienced a decline of 33%.
“We aim to take good care of all of our 117,000 employees, thus we feel strongly obligated to show substantial improvement on safety. Our target is zero fatalities. Our vision is to eradicate injuries at our workplaces,” says Joseph Nazareth adding:
“Our investigation into the incidents shows that most of them are due to unnecessary shortcuts and lack of complying with procedures. That is why we need to strengthen our safety mindset, a task we are already addressing in a number of ways.”
Both employees and managers are participating in a number of new training programmes to raise awareness on safety. Later this year, senior managers will also participate in sessions to give them a deeper understanding of how to measure and improve HSE performance.
Innovation is driving environmental performance
The Group is engaged in energy intensive industries: shipping and oil and gas production. Due to the large size of the fleet and the Group’s position as a major player within energy exploration and production, the total emissions of greenhouse gasses and other air emissions from A.P. Moller - Maersk are significant. However, due to a number of factors such as vessel size, average age of the fleet and innovative initiatives the relative emission per vessel is decreasing. This has recently encouraged Maersk Line to tighten its CO 2 reductions from 5 to 10% from 2008 to 2012.
“Energy efficiency is our response to the environmental challenge. But it requires innovative solutions. We have already come far, and we are confident we will be even more energy efficient with the projects we have in the pipeline,” says Joseph Nazareth.
An example is the Waste Heat Recovery System, where A.P. Moller – Maersk has attained a position as the only container shipping company in the world to install the system on the ships on a large scale. The system can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10% and should result in saving half a million tonnes CO 2 per year when 58 existing and ordered container ships have the system installed.
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