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CalMac sets its sights on being a green leader in ferry travel

The West Coast ferry operator CalMac is on course to cut carbon emissions by 5 per cent this year as part of its new eco actions policy.

Reducing green house gas production was highlighted in the company’s new Environmental Strategy, which outlines detailed steps the company is taking to better protect the environment it sails in.

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Investment in fuel monitoring technology has been a key factor in carbon reduction

Key targets include:

  • Reduce carbon footprint by 5 per cent by the end of 2019
  • Reduce water consumption by 10 per cent by 2020
  • Deliver action led biodiversity plans at half of CalMac sites by 2020
  • Increase recycling rates by a minimum of 15 per cent by 2020
  • “Delivering this strategy was a key part of our winning bid for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract,” said CalMac’s environmental manager, Klare Chamberlain. “We wanted to set achievable objectives that would really make a difference to protecting and enhancing the environment in which we operate.”

    “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.”

    The significant 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.

    CalMac is also 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 will be backed with a new programme designed with with partners to raise awareness of the impact of marine litter.

    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.

    Posted on 3rd April 2019 at 10:53 am in Ferry Operators | Caledonian-MacBrayne | Ferry News |

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