Prevention will come primarily from efficiency gains from reduced sailing speed, optimal vessel draught and routing, and reductions from increased understanding of the consumption patterns of our offshore equipment
We believe that responsible energy consumption across our fleet is a crucial step towards meeting our targets. By reducing the power demand from our activities, we can save fuel and prevent emissions from combustion.
Launched in 2020, a dedicated project aimed at saving energy on our vessels has led to operational and technical improvements. During transit, we reduce sailing speed as much as possible. If the schedules allow, we aim to depart early and arrive just in time. We are developing solutions to optimise vessel routing, draught and pipelay speeds to enhance operational efficiency.
We apply antifouling to the vessel hulls every five years to prevent micro-organisms from growing that create additional drag while sailing. We are installing LED lighting across the fleet, and we have planned several upgrades to energy-efficient equipment for the near future.
To maximise efficiency, we are implementing a plan to more accurately measure and map actual fuel and power use. With an even better understanding of when and where power is used, we can take action to further reduce consumption.
Applying circular economy principles to our materials and equipment can generate considerable primary resource and carbon emission savings. As part of our sustainability strategy, we are actively reducing waste through reuse and recycling. Many of the current programmes are employee initiatives. We see that this mind-set is becoming more and more widespread across our company.
A multidisciplinary team is performing both qualitative and quantitative analyses to design and implement waste reduction initiatives. These range from creating insight in waste per category per location to be able to determine where to make most impact in terms of saving, to creating insights in what materials or equipment is available for reuse or recycling.
We use dashboards and planning tools to ensure optimal use of stock. We use our in-house expertise in mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic engineering to refurbish components to as-new standards. A sustainable circular business model that prevents surplus and ensures our inventory is always aligned to operational output.
Reuse and recycling of equipment and materials offers substantial environmental and economic potential. Since 2019, we have recycled and reused more than 20,000 tonnes of steel and 1,500 tonnes of small equipment including rigging and welding materials. This alone has delivered a CO² saving across the yards and vessels of more than 35,000 tonnes.