Growing concerns about the state of the world’s oceans and the impact that shipping has on quality of the air has led to ever more legislation on emissions. The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and Colfax Fluid Handling, are working together to investigate perceptions of the ‘Green Agenda’ and whether shipping companies can benefit from investing in green initiatives.
“The ‘Green Agenda’ attempts to ameliorate the problems by introducing equipment, products and operating procedures that reduce these emissions but sometimes can come at a cost to owners, operators and often the end users of the goods carried by sea. But can the green approach actually be profitable?” said John Barnes of the IMarEST.
“With fuel being the most expensive item in a ship’s operating costs and the main polluter of the air, any reduction in consumption brings a financial as well as environmental benefit. It can also be a positive in relationships with shippers who are themselves demonstrating environmental concerns.”
The survey will stay open over the next four weeks and ask questions about whether investing in green initiatives is important to organisations, does it impact business, should companies be actively investing further in green initiatives, and, can these investments actually offer good value for money?
“We are determined to find out what the industry really thinks about these issues, and invite all at every level to complete the 14 questions” said John Barnes. “We will be publishing the results, and early indications will also be made available to those participating in a ‘Making the Green Agenda Pay’ roundtable which we’re running with our marine partner, Colfax Fluid Handling.”
The survey can be accessed here.